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Some of these I do not have the newspapers for but wanted to put them here in case they would help someone. My notes in this color purple. I have also added a link to findagrave when I could find one.

   Saffriel Elias May was born February 17, 1829, and died February 5, 1896, aged 66 years, 11 months and 18 days.
   His native place was about four miles northeast of Scipio, in Geneva township. He moved to his late residence, half a mile south of Scipio, about the year 1865, where he lived to the day of his death. The deceased had three sisters and one brother living.
   He was married twice. His first marriage was to Mary Margaret Clapp. To this union were born ten children, three sons and seven daughters, three sons and three daughters being dead.
   His second marriage was to the widow who now survives him. To this union there were born four children, two sons and two daughters, one daughter now being dead.
   The record of the deceased's entire family shows 14 children, 9 grandchildren, and these, together with the two wives and 1 stepchild and 5 sons-in-law, make in all 31 souls. All, we are told, are members of the Church except the youngest, who is only 12 years old. They were early instructed in the home, the Sabbath school and the Church, and naturally assumed the duties of a christian life.
   Saffriel Elias May come to his death on Wednesday, February 5th, 1896, at 5:45 a.m. As the dawn of this day was breaking in the East, he opened his spiritual eyes in the Kingdom of Glory, where the Son of Righteousness shines with an eternal light in unending day. "May I, too, die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his."
   The disease was pneumonia, and it was known from the first. No pains were spared counteract the fierceness of the disease. The complications with other things, hemorrage of the lungs, the late accident from the upsetting of a wagon, and the age of our dear brother, all had their effect in hastening the end. But, though in pain, it was not prolonged, and the end was joy and peace.
   I have heard him frequently speak of the fine constitution with which his maker had endowed him, and that he had, during his entire life, suffered but very little from sickness.
   For about sixteen years he had held the highest office in the Presbyterian church, that of Ruling Elder; other terms, such as Father, Bishop, Doctor of Divinity, Reverend and Evangelist are only different applications of the same rank of office-to minister and rule in the church in spiritual things. But rank with him today counts nothing, scarcely, when we know he is with Jesus, who recognizes him as a friend, brother and laborer together with God in the Gospel.
   Yes, gone to the General Assembly, Church of the First Born, whose names are recorded in Heaven. He, himself, told me once that for a period of sixteen years in his life he was never absent from his place at the regular meetings of the church. Such faithfulness in spiritual things will gain the crown of everlasting life.
   He joined the Church at the age of 16 years, and thus celebrated his Jubilee Year in going up to glory. No wonder he shouted glory!
   Some characteristics in his life are worthy of especial mention. It may be fairly said of him as it was Nathaniel of old when Christ saw Phillip conducting him to the Savior: "An Israelite indeed, in whom there is no gile." The simple power of his faith was standing argument of his strong convictions of truth. None would think of contending with him as to his pure faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and the God of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The purity of his christian life I never knew to be assailed. He was as firm as he was faithful. His convictions of truth were so positive that it was a shock to his feelings if he prevented from going to the house of God for devine worship. Hence, no light thing prevented him from getting to the courts of God's house, and so he counted the words of wisdom given him there as above the price of rubies. To him there was nothing could equal the price of the words of wisdom which were words of life-life eternal, which was beyond and more than every treasure.
   No contentions of evil or of the Evil One could turn him from his purpose to serve his God according to the dictates of his own conscience. He could always say as the prophet taught him: "I will trust and not be afraid." His tender love was to me a mark of the highest christian character. It ran through his soul like a deep river of peace. It encirled to his bosom in true parental affection, and in true parental affection, and made the hearthstone in that home the one spot on earth most dear to all the children. That love, too, encircled the household of faith, and Jesus was honored and the Church Jesus was honored and the Church strengthened and sustained by its exercise through him. He almost always had a word of kindness and encouragement for the erring, and stooped even as his master did, to lift up the fallen. He has entered the court of heavenly love to bask forever in its eternal delights. The fame of this name may not go out very far upon the earth, but it will ascend to the highest heaven. "a sweet-smelling savor unto God." Dear widow and fatherless children, think only of him as in eternal joy and blessedness. Follow his teachings and footsteps with the tender heart of love he had for you and all mankind, and Jesus, who is a husband to the widow and a father to the fatherless shall lead you on to eternal light and joy. Dear friends, a father, and Elder, a leader in this church and community is fallen: Jesus, the Captain of our Salvation, commands us "Go forward!" When our time comes and we fall, may it be as truly said of us as we say of him: "Let me die the death, of the righteous, and let my last end be like his." Through the gates of pearl he trod
   Upward to the throne of God
   Victor over sin and woe
   Jesus greets him first and best
   God enfolds him to His breast
   He rules and reigns with all the blest
   Thence out no more to go
J.M.O.Link to findagrave

   Hannah Jane Johnson was born September 16, 1829, in Charleston, Clark county, Ind. She died February 13, 1896, aged 67 years. In 1832 her father, Colbert Johnson, came to Jennings County, becomming one of its pioneer settlers. For a number of years he occupied the house in Vernon now owned by George Dowd. It was the home of Methodism in those early days, one room being set apart for religious services. People would come long distances to attend the quarterly meeting and "Grandma" Johnson would often consume a barrel of flour in providing for their entertainment. Raised in this atmosphere of piety, the subject of this sketch early gave her heart to God, uniting with the M.E. church in her sixteenth year. She was always a consistant member, loyal to her church and its ministers and ready to aid in its advancement. At the age of 17, on January 20, 1846, she was married at the home of J.S. Basnett to Charles J. Coryell. The greater portion of her married life was spent on the Coryell farm near Vernon. For fifty years she and her devoted husband lived happily together, sharing each others joys and sorrows. She was the loving mother of eleven children, eight of whom survive. At the outbreak of the civil war she parted with her oldest son, a mere boy, who, with his father's brother A. Coryell, enlisted in the Union army. During that long period of strife, she and her husband looked after the welfare of that brother's family as carefully as their own. In her quiet home life, as wife, mother and friend many lovely traits of character were seen; cheerfully and unselfishly she strove to make home happy for the dear ones around her. She delighted in welcoming her friends and entertained them with a warm and generous hospitality. She was an invalid for years, but bore her long sufferings with remarkable patience and fortitude. On the morning of Feb. 12, 1896, the peaceful end came. It was her request to be buried on the dear place where her children had been born and reared and where she had spent so many happy hours. On the quiet hillside, overlooking the old home, she was tenderly laid away. There with folded hands, she rests.
   "Lifes labor done,
   Heaven's victory won."

VERNON BANNER 19-Nov. 1890
   B.C. Baker, attended the funeral of George Butler near Columbus on Friday. Mr. Butler was one of the early pioneers of this county. (Benjamin C. Baker husband of Margaret Butler daughter of Manlove Butler & Sallie McGannon)

VERNON BANNER 16-Feb. 1881
   MRS. GEORGE BUTLER (Elizabeth P. Stott) From Butlerville Column We learn of the recent death of Mrs. George Butler in Bartholomew county. Mr. Butler formerly occupied the farm now owned by Mr. Townsend Cope, and was one of the earliest settlers of this township. It is often supposed that our town was named in honor of the Butler family, but it received its name from Mr. John Morris who formerly resided near Butlerville, Ohio. He founded our town and named it after the village near his boyhood home.Link to findagrave

   Butler - At the the home of his daughter,Mrs. B.C. Baker, In Vernon, Ind., on Saturday, Sept. 3rd, 1892, Manlove Butler, aged 83 years.
   Manlove Butler was born August 22, 1809, in Scott county, Kentucky. He came to Jennings county with his parents in 1818, and lived in Vernon township ever since. He was married to Miss Sallie McGannon, March 11th 1830. To them were born eleven children, seven of whom are living. Alcie McGannon, Margaret Baker, Sallie New, Levi Butler, Mark Butler, Ezra Butler and Richard Butler. He united with the Christian church in Vernon in the year 1830, and remained a member to his death. The funeral services were conducted at the residence on Thursday Afternoon, by Rev. Chas. Hudson, after which the remains were interred in the Vernon Cemetery. Link to findagrave

   Queensville News Column
   Died, on May 2nd, 1887, Mrs. Mary Oldaker, aged 67 years. To the bereaved family is extended the heartfelt sympathy of the entire Community. Link to findagrave

In Memorium
   Died - At the residence of her son, Benj. S. Burdge, Grove City, Ill., on April 29th, of paralysis, Mrs. Mary A. Smith in her 77th year.
   Mary A. Rodocker was born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, September 27, 1811, and married John S. Burdge on March 27, 1832. They removed from Pennsylvania to Carroll county, Ohio, about 1833 and there resided until April 1851, when they removed to Jennings county, Indiana, where her husband, John S. Burdge died in 1864. In 1868 she married Benjamin Smith of Massillon, Ohio, where some four years later mother Smith lost her second companion. On his death she returned to North Vernon, Ind., and after a short residence removed with her sons Benj. S., Wesley C., and her daughter Louella to Grove City, Ill.
   Mother Smith was a devoted member of the Methodist church from the days of her youth to the date of her disease; and one shose strong faith in a kind providence never wavered. Her beliefs and faith were stable and were fixed, and a few complaints of life's burdens ever escaped her lips. She was embodiment of contentment by reason of her perfect faith in God. In life there was no kinder soul no gentler woman, no sweeter spitit, no one more unselfish, and no more affectionate mother. Her example was continually good, both in work and act. It is in the lives of such that we find the proof of the value and eficacy of Christianity to make us gentle, kind and ture in this life. Mother was prepared and is gone, but to her children and those who knew her well she leaves a golden example and rich legacy in name and christian character. Mother is gone but her example will live with us. The dear and kindly face is hidden from us, but she will live in our hearts and memories. Death does not end all. If we live as mother lived we shall see her again, and with the ransomed, and the "forty and four thousane" who sang the song of the redeemer.
   Oh, sometimes the shadows are deep, and rough seems the path to the goal, and sorrows, s'm'ti'es how they sweep, like tempests run over the soul.
   The remains were laid away to rest at Grove City on the first inst. amidst dewy eyes and aching hearts for one so beloved by all who knew her. R.A.C.
   A notice in the same paper.
   Mrs. Mary A. Smith, formerly Mrs. John S. Burge, and a long-time resident of this country, died at her home at Grove City, Ills., on Friday, April 29th, 1887, in her 76th year. Her daughters, Mrs. A.S. Conner, of this place, Mrs. R.A. Conner, of Chattanooga, Tenn., and her son Mr. Hudson Burdge, of Butlerville, were in attendance at her death-bed.

Zoar Items
   Died - Thomas Carson, aged about 30 years. He leaves a wife and four children. He left them the assurance that he was safe in arms of Jesus.
   Died - Uncle Billy Riley, aged about 76. Mr. Riley was an old and respected citizen.
   Rev. William Evans died at his home this city on Tuesday, May 3, 1887, in his 76th year. He was born in Baltimore, Md., in 1812, and had been engaged for 40 years in active work in the ministry of the M.E. church. For a number of years past he made his home in this city and everywhere had hosts of friends. His wife and a number of children, most of them grown, survive him.
   PATRICK - On Thursday, April 28, 1887, at her home in Columbus, Ind., of quick consumption, Mrs. Celia Patrick, aged 24 years. The remains were interred in the Columbus cemetery on Friday.
   OBITUARY Joseph Hole, son of Charles and Esther Hole, was born in Columbiana county, Ohio, July 26th, 1823, and was the sixth of the family of nine brothers and sisters. From a child he knew the scriptures, having read the New Testament through regularly in his boyhood. He was instructed in the gospel of life and salvation by his pious parents of the Friends' church. The impressions of those early home teachings took a deep hold on his young heart, for in the family devotion he was so deeply filled with love Devine that the tears flowed from his cheeks. At one time after we had retired for the night, in our conversation about the future state, his young mind in trying to grasp the idea of the immortality of the soul and the vastness of eternity, became so full that he burst forth into weeping. His conversion took place in early life while meditating under the evergreens on the banks of one of his native brooks.
   He was married in 1846 to Esther M. Pyle, who with two sons and four daughters servive him. After his removal to Indiana with his family, he joined in fellowship with the Methodist denomination, of which he was a faithful communicant for about twenty years., and was an officer of the church to the close of his life.
   As the years passed on his spiritual life strengthened, so that as he saw the physical man was failing day by day, his hold on heaven and immortal life grew and took deeper, stronger faith and hope and assurance.
   When the physician told him that dissolution was near, he said he was read; said it was not a dreadful thing to die, that we cannot save ourselves, that it is only the pardoning grace of the Lord Jesus that takes away the fear of death. The writer visited him a few weeks before the closing scene, and found him calm and prepared for the change. He spoke of the place where he wanted to be buried with the calm, quiet assurance that only a sanctified christian could have. His pastor visited him a few days before the close, and during the short service by his bedside he clapped his hands in ecstasy of glad assurance of the near ending of his suffering and the glorious home he was so soon to enter.
   He died April 27th, 1887, aged nearly 64 years. The funeral was held at the residence near Butlerville, on the 29th. Rev. J.N. Thompson opened the service by reading the 90th Psalm. Then was sung the hymn, "We are going one by one." The from the text; "Let me die the death of the righteous," the living were invited to take the road that the righteous man walks in, that we may be prepared to die the death of righteous, that our last end may be like this.
   The last sad rite was attended by a large concourse of neighbors, friends and relatives, who came to testify by their presence to the love, esteem and respect they had for the departed.
   The remains were interred in the Sylvan cemetery, a short distance from the dwelling.
   "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection; on such the second path hath on power"
   To the memory of a redeemed brother is this affectionally dedicated. BENJAMIN HOLE, Bridgeport, Ind., May 4, 1887 Link to findagrave

Butlerville Letter
   Died - On May 4th, 1887, Mrs. Kate McCaulou, wife of Miles N. McCaulou, aged about 42 years. The remains were interred in the old
   McCaulou cemetery on Friday, 6th inst.
   Also, the infant daughter of Miles N. McCaulou died May 9th, 1887, aged about 3 weeks. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad affliction.

Slate Letter
   Norman Simmons died at his residence near Mr. Zion church, this township, at 1 o'clock Wednesday morning of consumption.findagrave link

NORTH VERNON SUN March 24, 1905

Deaths - Mrs. Anthony Ginley died on St. Patricks day and her funeral and burial was conducted Sunday afternoon by Rev. Father Widerin from St. Mary's church. The remains were placed to rest in St. Mary's cemetery.
   Mary Caffrey was born in Ireland 1820. She married Anthony Ginley before coming to America. In 1847 the family landed in New Orleans. Later Madison was their home and finally Jennings county, where she remained until her death.
   The children wish to thank the friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted them during the sickness and burial of their mother, Mrs. Ginley.

A FALL, From Wagon Results in Death from Broken Neck - Last Thursday while returning from Seymour with a load of seed oats, Tunis Carlock turned in his wagon to speak to some one behind him when he fell from the wagon striking on his head, and shoulders dislocating his nexk. Help was called at once and very slowly he was removed to his home it taking several hours, so carefully had he to be handled.
   Medical attention was given Mr. Carlock, but death relieved the sufferer Saturday morning. The remains were laid to rest in the Marion cemetery Sunday.findagrave link

DANIEL MCGINTY died at his home in this city last Friday. Some time ago when the ground was covered with ice he fell while going home over the bridge near Hick's machine shop, and received injuries from which he never recovered.
   Mr. McGinty is a member of one of the oldest and best known families of the city. He was a B.& O.S.W. section foreman. His funeral and burial was conducted by Father Widerin from St. Mary's church.

Mrs. Roda Eveleth, aged 92, died at the home of her son, George, who lives three miles north of Hayden, last Sunday morning. She was the living representative of five generations and had a host of relatives who loved their good old grandmother. Mrs. Eveleth came to the farm where she died in 1838 and lived there ever since. Rev. Duncan of this city, conducted the funeral last Monday afternoon. The remains were interred in the Mutton creek cemetery.

Mrs. Eliza J. Weeks was born in 1835 south of the present site of Butlerville and died Friday, March 17, 1905, at her home on West Walnut street in this city. Her funeral ceremonies were conducted by Rev. C.C. Bonnell at the M.E. chruch in this city last Sunday mornings, the burial being in the cemetery at Vernon.
   Mrs. Eliza Weeks nee Clinton, was married to Harry R. Weeks in 1851. To them were born four children, one of which died in infancy. The three others reached maturity and were well educated. They were Flora Ellen Kinnick, deceased; Maggie Coy and Mary B. Hole. Mr. and Mrs. Weeks were devoted and hard working members of the M.E. church, and she will long be remembered in her church. She had been an invalid for thirteen years or more and during that time was a most patient sufferer until her death.
   Died, Sunday morning at 7 o'clock Mrs. Rose Kane, wife of Patrick Kane. Mrs. Kane's maiden name was Rose Clerkin. She was the daughter of Wm. Clerkin and Mary Clerkin, of Campbell township, and was born near Butlerville April 26, 1863, and was married to Patrick Kane in 1886. To them were born four children, three of whom are still living. The funeral was conducted at the Catholic church in North Vernon, and the remains laid to rest in St. Mary's cemetery.findagrave link


James P. Bare was born at Vernon, Ind., January 19, 1839; died January 10, 1909, aged 69 years, 11 months and 21 days. He enlisted in the late Rebellion when he was 19 years old, and served four years in Co. H, 22nd Indiana Volunteer Infantry, after which he returned home and in 1866 was inited in marriage to Marietta Hartwell, Rev. Washington Malick performing the ceremony. To this union were born six children, three sons and three daughters, all of whom survive him.
   Died-at his home near here on Monday evening, Jan. 11, 1906, at five o'clock, Leborn Stanley quietly and peacably passed to the great beyond at the age of 28 years. He leaves a wife, mother, 2 brothers, 3 sisters and relatives and friends to mourn their loss, but their loss is Heaven's gain. They have the sympathy of the community in this sad hour. But God knoweth best, and doeth all things well. The Red Men held services Wednesday evening after which he was taken to Azalia for burial.
   Jacob M. Rash was born in Ashland county, Ohio, August 5th, 1854, the first son of Samuel and Elizabeth Rash. When a small child the family moved to North Vernon where he has since lived. He was married to Grace Zimmerman on December 25th, 1879, to whom two children were born, Jacob Wallace Rash, of Milwaukee, Wis., and Mrs. Charles Stephens, of Knox, Indiana, who survive him. The wife of this union died March 10th, 1896. On April 4th, 1901, he was married to Mary D. Dice, of Kewanee, Illinois, and she remains to mourn the loss. He was a member of the Presbyterian church, Masonic Lodge, and the Independent Order of Red Men of this city, the Knights of Pythias of Vernon, Ind., and the Madison, Ind., Council R.& S.M. He died Monday evening January 11th, 1909, after an illness of but a very few minutes.
   Death came suddenly and unexpected Sunday afternoon to Mrs. Dollie Kersey, mother of Willis Kersey, a colored business man of this city, at his home at 813 North California Street.
   Mrs. Kersey was 80 years old. She was born in North Carolina, but was never enslaved. Fifty years ago, due to the feeling against free colored people in her native state, she and her family came to Indiana and settled near Columbus. Mrs. Kersey profited by the "underground railroad" and delighted in telling her experience. She was the mother of eighteen children, of whom five are living. They are William and Willis Kersey and Mrs. Ida Landrum of this city, and John and Smith Kersey of Franklin and Dunkirk, Ind., respectively.
   The funeral will take place this morning at 10 o'clock at the house. The Rev. Morris Lewis will officiate. The burial will be in the Crown Hill cemetery. - Indianapolis Star.
   Mrs. Kersey lived for many years in the Richland colored settlement near this city and was well known here. Mrs. Anna Hood an aged colored woman who resides at Richland is an only sister.findagrave link


   Death came and gleaned from our midst, Elizabeth Branham, wife of Robert Branham.
   Elizabeth Spencer was born in Kentucky August 25, 1825, and died April 18, 1900. She was married to Robert Branham August 6, 1846. To this union was born nine children, six sons and three daughters, of whom two sons and three daughters and the husband remain; four sons were called in childhood from this life. She united with the Zion Baptist church when quite young and has been faithful to her church and to cause of christianity ever since, proving her love for the Savior by deeds of kindness, sympathy and love. She was a kind and loving wife always seeking to help her husband in the toils of life. As a mother she was kind, loving, and never failing to guide her children to be noble and upright. No better neighbor chould be found, always ready to lend a helping hand, ready to sacrifice self for others, and always brought happiness with her. Besides husband and children she leaves many other relatives and a host of friends who extend the hand of sympathy and join with them to mourn for her whom we all love. She came to Indiana when very young and lived in Jennings county. Part of the time she resided in Vernon but lived most of the time near where she died. She bore her sickness patiently, as none but a christian could. Having passed fifty-three years of her life with her husband, the remaining years of his life cannot help but be darkened without her presence.
   A brief funeral service was conducted at her home by Rev. Swarthout after which the remains were taken to Vernon for Interment. findagrave link.


   Frank Monroe Gahn was born February 6, 1890, and died January 26, 1904, aged 13 years 11 months and 20 days. His death was caused by an attack of measles, short but severe. He bore his suffering with much patience and resignation, seeming to welcome the thought of spending and endless eternity with his Heavenly Father. Shortly before died he said he wanted to go home, to the brighter shore. He was loved by all who knew him, and is mourned by a father, mother, two sisters and a brother, besides a host of other relatives and friends. One brother preceded him to the great beyond. The funeral was held at the residence on Thursday at 10 o'clock services being conducted by Rev. Swarthout, after which interment took place in the Green cemetery.findagrave link

   At her home near Paris, Jan. 29th, Mrs. Belle Wykoff. She had been in poor health for several months, but no one thought there any immediate danger of her death. The end came very suddenly and was a great shock to her family and friends. She leaves an aged mother, a husband and six children who will greatly miss her loving care. The funeral was from the M.E. Church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. F.B. Ward, who feelingly spoke warning words to all present and very comforting ones to the relatives. Burial in Paris cemetery.

   At his residence, in Vernon, on Friday, January 29th, 1904 at 4:15 o'clock, Mr. Lewis Wagner, aged 72 years, 7 months and 11 days of appoplexy. Funeral services were held at the Baptist church on Sunday, January 31st. Rev. Chesley Holmes, officiating, after which the remains were interred in the Vernon Cemetery, under the auspices of Mr. Ida Lodge No. 73, L.O.O.F of which he was a member of many years standing. In the death of Mr. Wagner Vernon lost one of her oldest and most respected citizens.
   The following named persons from a distance attended the funeral of Lewis Wagner, Sunday. L.S.Wagner and wife, Abram Wagner and wife, Elsie Wagner, Mrs. Frances Ditlinger, Mrs. Annie Van Wye and family of Indianapolis, H.T. Wagner and Mrs. Mattie Held, of Franklin, J.E. Wagner and wife of North Vernon, Mrs. John Morris of Westport, Wilbert Wagner and mother of Campbell township, and O.S. Wagner and family of Franklin.findagrave link

Died of Hernia
   Amanda, the wife of John O. Clarkson died last Friday afternoon of hernia, at her home near Champion, after an illness of a week's duration. An operation was performed in the hopes of saving her life but to no avail. Her maiden name was Amanda Gordon and she was married to Mr. Clarkson fifteen years ago since which time they had always lived in the neighborhood where she died. Two children, both girls, were born to them, both of whom, with the husband and father, live to miss her tender care and devotion. She was a member of the Baptist church at Freedom. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Owen, pastor of the chruch at that place, and the remains were laid to rest in Freedom Cemetery.

Mary Ahlering passed away Sunday evening, after a lingering illness. Funeral services at the home Tuesday afternoon. The remains will be taken to Newport, Ky., for burial.


Patrick Noon died Tuesday at the grand age of one hundred and two years. He was born in the county of Mayo, Ireland, June 19, 1801. He came to America in May 1833, and in 1837 he came to Jennings county, where he continued to live till the time of his death. He and his wife, who proceeded him several years ago, raised a family of seven children. After Mrs. Noon's death Mr. Noon continued to live on his farm, west of town, where he has passed so many years of his life, one son and a daughter remaining with him. He had been blind for sixteen years but his other faculties remained very good and his memory was remarkable. He was a member of St. Mary's church and was a regular attendant up to a few years ago. His death was due to the infirmaties of old age.


   Hallie J. Carson, son of James S. Carson, Jr., and wife, Phoebe (Palmer)was born in Lovett township, Jennings county, Ind., June 26, 1886. He was educated in the common school, having graduated from the school at Lovett, in the spring of 1903, received his diploma at the yearly commencement. At an early age he manifested an aversion to wrong doing and at the age of twelve years made a public profession of his faith in Christ by uniting with the Graham Presbyterian church after which he was secretary of the Graham Presbyterian Sunday school for two years. He was chosen organist of the Sunday school for two years in April 1903, which place he could not fill on account of his parents moving to Van Buren, Ind., where he engaged in such work as came to his hand looking forward with pleasant anticipation to the beginning of school when he would enter high school; but alas, like many others, his hopes and plans were blasted. On the first day of August he was taken sick with typhoid fever and after an illness of one month, during which time all that love and skill could do to give comfort to the sufferer and restore him to perfect health was done, but the edict had gone forth, "It is enough, come up higher," and at 10 o'clock on the 31st of August, 1903. Hallie went to sleep to all of earth's trials and disappointments only to wake in the light of God's love. His remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at the Graham Presbyterian church in Jennings county, witnessed by a large number of relatives and friends. While Hallie was loved by all who knew him and his death leaves a vacancy in the home, yet let us think of his virtues and remember that while we miss his smiles, loving words and kind deeds, Hallie has only gone a little while before to that home prepared for those who love Jesus, there to wait for loved ones left behind. In the dawning of the glorious morning when we meet in a glad reunion all sorrow will be forgotten. A Friend findagrave link

   The family of Mrs. Adolph has met with another sad bereavement in the death of their aged mother who died last Tuesday evening and was buried Wednesday evening in the cemetery east of this place.

The family of Mr. Camp has been sadly afflicted the past two weeks, being in quarantine for malignant sore throat. The eldest son, seven years old, died last Wednesday, and the mother died Saturday. The three remaining children are some better at this time. Mr. Camp has the sympathy of all in his affliction.(Is anyone researching this family, census records have me confused?)

   William Leahigh, died of dropsy and was buried in the Catholic cemetery. He had been living in Illinois for a number of years and just returned here about two months ago and died at the home of his brother Joe.
   Thomas Leahigh, who was here attending the funeral of his brother, Wm. Leahigh, has returned to Connersville. findagrave link


   Agnes Bohnett was born in Hershwiler, Germany, March 18, 1836, and came to this country in December 1848, with her parents. She was married May 15, 1853, to Valentine Utzinger and located in Jennings county, Ind., in 1866. Eight children were born to them, six of whom, with the father, survive her. She was a member of the Lutheran church, living a pure, christian life. In the hearts of all who knew her she is enshrined as an exemplary wife, mother and friend. The family feel with keenest pain the presence of mother's vacant chair. No more can come that fond caress, that loving smile, that helpful word which mother alone could give. The community also sadly realizes that a noble example of moral and christian womanhood has been taken away. Today we feel our loss, seeing more clearly the significance of such a character in the home and in the neighborhood. Yet for all this sorrow and loss we have the priceless consolation that "God doeth all things well." Let us, therefore, be submissive to His will trusting that He will soon rekindle the light of the grand characted just extinguished.findagrave link (name & date off on findagrave listing)

   George W. Vandergrift was born in Pittsburg, Pa., on Febraury 20, 1830, and died February 7, 1904, at the home of his daughter in Troy, Ohio, aged 73 years, 11 months and 18 days. He was married in 1861 to Elizabeth P. Richey. To this marriage were born eleven children of whom eight are still living, five sons and three daughters; all were present at the funeral but two sons, living on the Pacific Coast, and one daughter who was unable to be present on account of sickness. He moved from Pittsburg to Vernon, Ind., about 1866, and resided in that vicinity until two years ago, since which time he has made his home with his children. His wife preceded him to the Great Beyond thirteen years ago. He had been a member of the Baptist church for more than 20 years. We have as evidence of his faith in God and his readiness to go in his own words. "I am ready, and Oh, the sweet test and change over there. I will be with my loved ones." He passed away in peaceful sleep without a struggle and with a smile on his face.findagrave link

   Sarah A. West was born Nov. 29, 1829, and died February 16, 1905, aged 74 years, 2 months and 17 days. Her death was due to dropsy of the heart. She was married to John West, December 24, 1843. Nine children were born to them, three of whom are living. Her husband died several years ago. In her early life Mrs. West was a member of the Baptist church but for several years she had been a member of the Christian church of North Vernon. She was sustained by her religion in her illnes and hope grew brighter as she neared the river of death which all must cross.

   Louisa F. Warner daughter of Joseph and Babara Warner, was born in Baden, Germany, January 10, 1839, and died February 16, 1904, at one o'clock p.m., aged 65 years, 1 month and 6 days. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Ward, at Hopewell, Feb. 18, and her remains were interred in Hopewell cemetery. Her parents, when was 12 years of age, moved to this country, locating at Louisville, Ky. Having been married twice, and twice left to the sorrows of widowhood, she was married while still young, to W. H. Conner in 1866. For thirty-eight years theirs was a peaceful, quiet life, until death has called to claim his own. Mrs Conner has been a sufferer of asthma for over thirty years and of late late years, had many attacks which threatened her life, but she bravely and patiently battled the disease. She leaves but few relatives, her husband, and one brother, Edward Warner, of Missouri; her parents preceded her to the great beyond many years ago. She has one newphew, Oliver Warner, in California and four nephews and three nieces, all living in Missouri. She was a christian ever since childhood, and hers was a religion which we can truthfully say consisted in a life service to God and humanity. She was consecrated and devoted, modest and unassuming, and loved by old and young alike. The young folks and children delighted in visiting her, as she always took an interest in, and loved them, seldom letting them leave her without bestowing upon them some little token or gift. She was generous hearted, and always ready to extend help to any one in distress. The most lovely trait of her character consisted in the charity she extended toward her neighbors and associates, never uttering cruel or harmful words of them, by they friend or enemy. Hers was a beautiful christian life, well worthy in its courage, simplicity and charity, for young and old to imitate. L.

   Uncle Henry Biedert, as he was usually called; was born in Nordheim, Hessen Darmstadt, Germany, Oct. 14, 1835, and met his tragic death, being killed by a Big Four train at Paris Crossing, Ind., Feb. 17, 1904, making his age 68 years 4 months and 8 days. He received his education in Germany, having received an honorable diploma from the school authorities. After arriving at the proper age for military duties he was mustered into the Prussian Army and served six long years in that army and at the expiration of that time he received an honorable discharge from said service. He came to America in 1863. He was married to Mary A. Ross Nov. 20, 1864. To this unior were born six sons, all of whom survive him, his being the first death to occur in the family. He united with the German M.E. Church at Tea Creek in 1876 under the Pastorate of the Rev. Jacob Geablier and remained a good and consistent christian to the time of his death. He was a good upright citizen and a useful neighbor and will be greatly missed by all his friends. He leaves a wife, six sons, two half-brothers, five half-sisters, five grand-children and a host of more distant relatives and friends to mourn his loss. Funeral and interment at the Tea Creek Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Severinghouse, of Seymour. findagrave link

Passed Away
   John Murphy, a highly esteemed citizen living just south of town, died Sunday evening. He had been a sufferer for several years of stomach trouble and six weeks ago took the grip and died of the complictation. He left a wife and five children. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at 9:30 o'clock.

   Lying Face Downward on the Floor with a Chair Lying Over Him
   Barney Billaman an Aged Man Meets Death While Alone at His Home Near Hyde
   Barney Billaman, who was nearly seventy years old, and who lived alone on his farm near Hyde was found lying face downward on the floor, cold in death, last Saturday night about 9 o'clock. His death was due to heart failure. He had evidently been sitting in a chair when he was stricken and had clutched at it to keep from falling and pulled the chair with him as he fell. He was of a rather peculiar disposition and preferred living alone with his children. One son, Harmon, lived near his father and as he was passing the house on his way to Hyde, after supper, he noticed that there was no light in the house. On his way from the store after 8 o'clock he still did not see a light and the horses were neighing as though they were hungry. This alarmed him and he went to a neighbor's and got the man to return with him. When they entered the house and lighted a lamp they discovered Mr. Billa man on the floor, dead. He had been dead for several hours as he was stiff when found and the fire was out in the stove and the house cold. His two sons from Indianapolis attended the funeral which took place at Hyde Tuesday.


Aged Practioner Dead
   Dr. Mulvey died last Thursday shortly before noon. He had been failing for a couple of years and knew for a long time that his days were numbered. He had failed gradually but steadily and it was difficult to know when his death illness struck him. About three weeks before his death, while in his office, he suffered a stroke of heart failure and fell on the floor unconscious. His wife heard the fall and managed to get to him and thought he was dead, but he recovered after a while sufficiently recovered after a while sufficiently to get back to bed. He was suffering from old age and a general breaking down of his system. He had practiced for fifty years. He came here ten years ago from Maine and had a good practice until he became too feeble to follow his profession. The funeral services were conducted at his late residence Sunday, and interment took place at Vernon Monday. He left a wife who is sadly afflicted, physically.findagrave link

   Mrs. W.H. Conner died last Thursday, after an illness of scarcely a week, and was buried at Hopewell, Feb. 18. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Ward.

Resolutions of Respect
   Whereas, the angel of death has again visited our Grange and taken from us Sister Evaline Schnadinger. We feel that the Grange has lost a loving sister and the bereaved family a loving wife and mother. Therefore, be it resolved that while with sad hearts we deeply sympathize with the bereaved family, we express our hope that even so great a loss to us shall be her eternal gain.
   Sylvester Rinear
   Helen G. Mitchell
   Grayford Grange, No. 2120
   Evaline Jordan was born in Cincinnati, O. Dec. 1, 1874. When only a small child her parents removed to Jennings county, Ind., where she grew to womanhood, loved by all who knew her for her quiet, modest manners and cheerful disposition. She at an early age showed her love for the Master by uniting with the Vernon Presbyterian church of which she was a faithful member until she saw fit to unite with the Freedom church Sept. 2, 1900. On May 7, 1899, she was united in marriage to Henry J. Schnadinger. To this union were born three children, all of whom are living in the innocence of childhood's early morning. By a patient, quiet, Christ-like spirit, showing the world that she was indeed a child of God, has lived this tone whom today we mourn. While in the midst of her household duties she was suddenly called away by death on Feb. 20, 1904, at the age of 29 years, 2 months and 10 days, leaving behind on the shores of time, to mourn her loss a father, mother, husband, three little ones, three brothers, four sisters and a host of friends. findagrave link

Almost a Century
   Mrs. Chas. Hamant was called to Indianapolis last week by the death of her mother. Mrs. Angeline Williams, who had lived for almost a century, having passed her ninty-fifth birthday. She was in splendid health but fell three weeks before her death, while attempting to sit down and fractured her hip. She was too aged to rally from the shock and passed away on Wednesday of last week. She was Virginian by birth but in early life moved to Madison with her parents and lived there the greater part of her life. She was married to John S. Williams who was one of the pioneer editors of the State. He edited the Madison Banner and later the Brookfield American. He died two years after they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. Besides Mrs. Hamant two other daughters, Mrs. James Goodnoe and Mrs. Joseph Christian, survive her.findagrave link

William H. Doll, of Indianapolis, well known in this vicinity by the "Boys of 61," died at his home last Saturday, and was buried in Crown Hill cemetery Tuesdy. He was a prominent member of the G.A.R. and Knights of Pythias, by which Orders he was buried. At Columbus, In., in 1861, he enlisted in Company C., Sixth Indiana Volunteers, and served over three years during the War of the Rebellion. He was taken prisoner at Stone River, and was wounded at Liberty Gap in 1864.findagrave link

Died at the home of his father, Frank Robinson, aged 32 years, leaving a father, two sisters and a little baby girl, his wife having preceded him but a few months ago. Frank had many friends in this vicinity who greatly mourn his loss. He was a worthy member of the Christian church, from which occurred his funeral last Wednesday, conducted by Rev. F.B. Ward. Burial in Coffee creek cemetery by I.O.O.F. of which he was a member.

Mrs. Laura Fletcher died at the home of brother in law, Marion Dickey, near Grammer, Wednesday after a lingering illness of two years, of consumption. Rev. Toddd, of Scipio, preached the funeral sermon at Bear Creek church Friday morning, after which the remains were laid to rest in the new cemetery adjoining the church. Mrs. Fletcher leaves one little boy. Mrs. Dickey will keep him. Laura had a host of friends who will be pained to hear of her death. We offer on sympathies to the bereaved ones.findagrave link


   The wearisome duty march is over. The roll has been called and the immortal spirit of Isaac Gunder, of Co. I Sixth Indiana Volunteers, has silently crossed the dark river and answered the call. In the year of '61, when our country was in peril, the Gunder boys enlisted one after another until seven brothers were all in the service. All served three years except Thomas and Frank who each served four years. All came home safe. As far as we can learn there are but two of them living, Nelson, of the Sixth Ohio Cavalry, and Joe, of the 26th Indiana. These boys were great great grandsons of Frantz King, a soldier in the French revolution, who came to America with Lafayette. Isaac Gunder was born near Akron, Summit county, Ohio, March 24, 1834. He gave his heart to the Lord in early manhood and lived a consistant christian life. He was married to Louisa A. Waddle, June 23, 1859. To them were born nine children, five boys and four girls six of whom preceded their father to the glory world. He enlisted in the service of his country in September 1861. He was in numerous hard fought battled, the battle of Missionary Ridge being one of them. He was discharged in September 1864. He died at Newpoint, March 6, 1904, after a lingering illness of six months of Brights disease and dropsy, aged 69 years, 11 months and 11 days. A widow two daughters and one son, besides two brothers and a sister, Mrs. Joseph Myers, are left to mourn their loss.findagrave link

   Mrs. Nancy Jane Kineur, widow of Francis Tweedy, died at her home in the southwestern part of the county March 14, after a protracted attack of grip resulting in pneumonia. She was born November 25, 1824 and was married to Mr. Tweedy November 27, 1845. There were born to them eleven children, four of whom survive her, two sons in Idaho and two daughters Mary Tweedy and Mrs. Hess. She united with the old Seceder Presbyterian church in Jefferson county at the age of sixteen. After moving to this county she united with the Graham Presbyterian church. She lived a consistent Christian life, faithful in all her duties as wife, mother and neighbor. A good name is the heritage she left her children. Mourned of her children, beloved of her neighbors and the recipients of her kindness. She was buried in the Vernon cemetery, March 15th after funeral services by Rev. W.O. Goodloe.findagrave link

Little Ernest Ochs died Friday night after an illness of several weeks. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Manuel Sunday afternoon at the Vernon Methodist church. The funeral services of Ernest Ochs, aged 8 years, son of Charles Ochs and wife, who died Friday evening of pneumonia, were held at the Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon at 2:30. Rev. Manuel of the M.E. church officiating, after which the remains were interred in the Vernon cemetery.findagrave link

Died, March 12, Mrs. W.C. Lewellen, at her home. She leaves a husband, two sons and two daughters.

In Memoriam
   The white winged messenger, Death, has invaded our town and called from our midst John B. Phillips. His illness was of short duration, was of short duration, being sick only about a week. The deceased was born in Mahonon county, Ohio, Dec. 4, 1842, and died Feb. 16, 1904, aged 61 years, 2 months and 12 days. He moved with his parents to Jennings county from Ohio when twelve years old and to Illinois in 1863. To them were born seven children, who with eight grandchildren and wife survive him. He was a consistent member of the M.E. church at Mill Shoals. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Walker at the M.E. church and the remains were laid to rest in the Shrewsberry cemetery.

Mrs. Mamie Hill, of Cincinnati, died March 8th, 1904, at her home, of Consumption. Her remains were brought here for burial, which took place at Brush Creek cemetery. Henry Denton and Albert Pool, of Cincinnati were here to attend Mrs. Hill's funeral.


   Col. Hiram Prather
   Col. Prather was born near Utica, upon the banks of the Ohio river, in what is now Clark county, Indiana, on the 13th day of April 1809. He was, therefore, at the time of his death, on the 27th of March last, in the 65th year of his age.
   In 1814, when but six years old, he was taken with the family of his father, Judge William Prather, to Jennings county, and settled two miles east of Vernon, on the north side of the south fork of the Muscatatuck. There he lived, with the exception of a year or two in Vernon, up to 1853, when he moved to North Vernon, where he has lived for the last twenty-one years.
   Passing his youth and early manhood in the yet undubdued wilderness, battling with the forests, contending with the cares and trials and hardships of pioneer life, he had little opportunity for education. Then our pleasant school-houses, commodious seminaries and colleges were not in existence. Schools were few and far between, and were kept in the rudest of log cabins. Even the advantages of these he enjoyed, in all, only about six weeks. He was self-taught, acquiring such education as prepared him for common business and respectability.
   With the same energy with which he contended against the forests, and the difficulties attending the early settlers, he went forth in the various walks and spheres of life, and if he did not attain to eminence, he at least won a reasonable success. At his first going forth from the old homestead, it was as a common laborer, working at 37 1/2 cents a day, and from $8 to $9 a month, then the best price paid for the best hands.
   On the 24th of April, 1834, he was married to miss Mary Ann Huckleberry,of Vernon. He had, consequently, almost completed, at the time of his death, forty years of conjugal life. They had a family of 15 children, three dead, and twelve surviving, and who, with their widowed mother, are involved in the deepest gloom at their sad bereavement.
   In 1837 the Colonel was appointed County Collector, and held that office for some four years. In 1841 he was elected to the office of County Treasurer, which he held for three years. In 1847 he was elected Representative to the State Legislature, and in that capacity he served our conty faithfully for some four or five different sessions, the last being that of 1867-8. He was also a member of our last Constitutional Convention, representing then, the counties of Jennings and Bartholomew.
   At North Vernon he was one of its proprietors and one of the most zealous and active supporters of everything calculated to promote its interests. Often he manifested a liberality almost beyond his means. He did much for railroads. At the time of his death he was a railroad Director. At home and in the Legislature he was devoted to the interests of the county and the State.
   And when the tocsin of war sounded the alarm for the Union, he was among the first who rallied to the standard of his country. He went in April, 1861, as Lieutenant Colonel of the 6th Indiana Regiment, to the three months service, in West Virginia. Coming home from that campaign, he re-organized for the defense of Kentucky. He was with it until May, 1862, and led it undaunted at the battle of Shilo. Soon after this, his health failing, he resigned and came home.
   For more that forty years he was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, the brethern testifying to his examplary walk and conversation. And when smitten with his last illness, conscious of his approaching end, with christian fortitude he awaited the summens, expressing his readiness, trusting in the Redeemer, feeling that "his road and his staff were sufficient for him." he went calmly down the dark valley. Almost at the very last he said to his wife and children, "I am going farewell!" and the soul had left the clayey tenement, and gone to the Spirit land.
   He has been with us in our outgoings and incomings, in prosperity and adversity, in peace and war, in "times that tried men's souls."
   He has been, with us, one of our most active, intimate and familiar friends, filling a large place in our thoughts, our esteem, our affairs, and in our social circles. He was with us but as yesterday, but he is gone. We shall miss him much, remember him long, and deeply sympathize with his afflicted family. A.findagrave link

Brewersville Items.
   March 30th, infant son of Obed and Clara Irwin, and grandson of Wilton Kellar.Findagrave Link

Bear Creek Items, April 1, 1874
   Death has visited our neighborhood and taken away a daughter of Harvey S. McCaslin.(Lucy B. McCaslin per Lois Johnson-McCaslin researcher)


This was the first paper after the new year - and so many people had died over the holiday they just listed them as -
   Long - At his home in this city, on Sunday night, January 3rd, 1892, of heart trouble, Mr. James S. Long, in his 58th year.
   This death was unexpected and a very great shock to the family and friends. He was an old soldier and served his country in the 83rd regiment I.V.I Funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. M. Elwan at the M.E. Church in Vernon, on Tuesday afternoon, after which the remains were interred in the Vernon Cemetery. findagrave linkBR>  

Lanahan - At her home in Vernon township, on Saturday, January 2nd, Mrs. Cecella Lanahan, wife of Anthony Lanahan, aged 90 years.
   The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Ginnez at the Catholic church on Monday, after which the remains were laid at rest in the Catholic cemetery.

Murphy - On Sunday morning January 3rd, 1892, at her home in Vernon township, Mrs. Edward Murphy, at an advanced age.
   Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Ginnez, at the Catholic church, after which the remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery. findagrave link

McCarthy - On Friday, January 1st, 1892, at his home 2 miles east of this city, Mr. John McCarthy, at an advanced age.
   Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Ginnez at the Catholic church on Sunday morning. Remains were laid at rest in the Catholic cemetery. McCarthy - On Sunday morning January 3rd, 1892, at her home 2 miles east of this city, Mrs. John McCarthy, after a long illness.
   Mrs. McCarthy passed away while the funeral services of her husband were being conducted. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Ginnez at the Catholic church on Tuesday morning. Remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery.

Awlwell - At her home near Scipio, on Sunday morning, Mrs. Thomas Awlwell. The remains were interred at Scipio.

Shoemaker - On January 2nd, of pneumonia, at the home Mr. Franklin Milhous in Bigger township, Mr. George Shoemaker.
   His remains were taken to Clarksville, O., for interment.

Walton - At her home south of Butlerville, on Sunday, Jan. 3rd, Mrs. Hannah Walton.
   Her funeral was conducted at the Friend's church on Tuesday, after which her remains were interred in the cemetery near by.findagrave link

Foist - At his home near Scipio, on Wednesday, December 30, 1891, Randolph Foist.
   Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Gruber, after which the remains were interred at Reddington. findagrave link

Coryell - On Thursday morning, December 31st, 1891, at her home near Brewersville, after a long illness, Mrs. Oren Coryell.
   Funeral services were conducted by Rev. U. M. Foster at Pleasant View church on Saturday, January 2nd, after which the remains were laid at rest in Cave Spring cemetery. findagrave link

Clark - On Saturday, January 2nd, 1892, at her home at Hayden, of consumption Mrs. Chester Clark, at an advanced age.
   Funeral services were held on Monday. She leaves a husband, three sons and four daughters to mourn her loss, all of whom were present except her oldest son David, who lives in Arkansas. findagrave link

Hengstler - At the home of his parents in Vernon, on Tuesday morning, January 5th, 1892, of Lung fever, Cecil, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hengstler, aged about 5 years.
   The bereaved parents have the sympathy of all in their great affliction.

Harmon - At his home in Brewersville, on Monday morning, January 4th, 1892, of consumption, Mr. John Harmon, aged about 18 years.
   The funeral will take place at St. Ann's Catholic church to-day. findagrave link

Rude - At the home of his mother, Mrs. John H. Powlesson, in this city, on Saturday morning, Jan. 2nd, 1892, of Bright's disease. Mr. Samuel Rude.
   Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Duncan at the Baptist church on Monday morning, after which the remains were interred in the city cemetery. (AKA - Hillcrest)


   Eliza Shepard was born at Rome, New York, Feb. 23rd. 1808, and died at the residence of her son-in-law, I. H. Hill, Dec. 27, 1891. She was married to Ephraim McMillan, at Rome, in June, 1825, and was left a widow, Sept. 20th, 1867. When 17 years old she united with the Presbyterian church under the preaching of Rev. Chas. T. Finney and continued a member of that church until moving to Gowanda, N. Y. It being more convenient, she placed her membership in the M. E. Church in which she remained until her death. She had eight children, one of who preceded her to the better land. Mrs. Betaina Dye, who died at Spring City, Tennessee, April 20th, 1886. There are left, Mrs. Sarah Hudshire and Mrs. Adelia Hill, of this place, E. E. Mc Millan, Ludlow, Ky.; Mrs. Jane Shaw, Dayton, N.Y., and Mrs. Maria Prather, Kirbeyville, Mo., to mourn a loss which can never be restored. Mrs. McMillan was a woman with a very cheerful and sunny nature, always greeting everyone with a kind word and pleasant smile. Her presence was felt to be a blessing and benediction upon the household where she passed many of the last years of her life. Her mind was remarkably clear for one of her years and she enjoyed living, but was willing "to depart and be with Christ." findagrave link
   These lines were found marked in one of her scrap books.
   Some Day,
   A flower, a song, a word may be
   A link between us strong and sweet;
   Ah, then dear child remember me;
   And let your heart to "mother" beat,
  Some Day
   At longest it cannot be long,
   I shall with glad impatience wait,
   Amid the glory and the song,
   For you before the Golden Gate,
   After earth's parting and earth's pain
   Never to part! Never again.

   January 11, 1892
   Died - At her home, in Paris, Jan. 7, Mrs. A. Clem, of pneumonia, superinduced by la grippe. Her remains were taken to Dupont for burial.
   Died - At her home, 1 mile south of Paris Crossing, on Jan. 7, Mrs. Matilda Farthing, of la grippe. Her remains were laid to rest in the ? graveyard.
   Died - At his home, in Deputy, Jan. 9, Mr. John Brady. He was buried in the Deputy grave-yard by the G.A.R. Post of this place. This is first death in the membership of the order since it was organized. findagrave link

Died - Last Thursday morning, at home near here, of consumption, Mr. Zachariah Neeley. His illness was long and painful and his death was not unexpected. He was born in the state of New York the 18th day of September, 1822, and was 60 years 3 months and 19 days old. He was a veteran of the Mexican war, always a Republican and a worthy member of the church of United Brethern in Christ. Mr. Neeley has lived a long timein this community and was a respected and honored citizen, charitable in all his actions. The remains were born to their last resting place in the Jones burying ground on Friday.


   Jasmin Flora Sucese was born at Canton, Pa., April 18, 1857, died Dec. 10th, 1891. When a child, she came with her parents to North Vernon which ever after was home to her. June 29th, 1882, she was married to S. K. Ascher, of South Bend. When 18 years of age she joined thePresbyterian church and was always a consistent christian with great unselfishness and consideration for others enjoying keenly the work of the societies until her health prevented further attendance. She graduated with honors, at Danville, Ind., and taught school six years, two of which were in our graded schools here, and she often referred to those years a pleasant ones, for she loved children and was pains-taking in their training. She was also devoted to art and many of her friends treasure little mementoes from her loving hands. Her loss is irreparable to her widowed mother, to whom she was a constant and devoted companion, and her two sisters, Mrs. Jennie Tague, of Memphis,Tenn., and Mrs. Josie Johnson, of this place, and two brothers, J.P. Sucese, of Troy, Pa., and J.B. Sucese, of Lafayette, Ind., also four nieces and four nephews to whom she was most tenderly attached; while on the other shore, awaiting her coming, was her child, father and one brother. It was said of her by friends and neighbors, "she never spoke unkindly of anyone, but was ever ready with words of encouragement." It was a characteristic of her's to help people look on the bright side and discover their blessings. Our hearts are sore and bleeding but our faith looks beyond and says: Jessie is not here, but in the bright light forever, where all is joy and love.

DIED Marsh-At his home in Lovett township, at 12:15 on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 23, 1892, of heart trouble. Mr. Edward Marsh, aged 79 years 9 months and 2 days.
   Mr. Marsh has been a resident of this county for more than half a century, and by his death we lose a valued citizen. Furneral services were conducted at the residence on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, after which the remains were interred in the Sullivan grave yard at Zion. findagrave link
   Grinstead-On Sunday, January 24th, 1892, at his home in this city, of consumption, Franklin P. Grinstead, aged about 39 years.
   Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Lott Randolph at the Baptist church on Monday afternoon after which the remains were laid at rest in the Summerfield grave yard. findagrave link

   DIED-At his home on Friday, January 22nd, 1892, John T. Byram, aged 40 years and 4 months. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Lot Randolph and the G.A.R. Post. The sermon was an able one, and the Post did themselves credit in their part of the ceremony.
   Commander Wm. L. Morgan, on behalf of the G.A.R. Post, tenders thanks to the Sons of Veterans, the choir and friends in general for the assistance rendered in the funeral services of John T. Byram. findagrave link

   DIED-At her home one mile north of this place, Mrs. James Wilson, on Friday night Jan. 22nd. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. T.J. Murphy, in the Baptist church, Sunday at 1 p.m., after which the remains were laid to rest in the Vernon Cemetery. Mrs. Wilson was a highly esteemed lady; a good Christian, and was loved by all who knew her. She leaves a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her loss. (Some confusion as to death date, this says the 22nd, findagrave text says 2nd, stone appears to say the 21st) findagrave link

   January 25, 1892
   "In the midst of life we are in death."
   Again has the above been brought vividly before us. Jacob Hoffman an aged and well respected citizen of this community, died early Monday morning of last week of internal paralysis. The funeral obsequies were conducted from the German M.E. Church the following day after which the remains were laid to rest in death's silent city, while the soul took its flight to the maker who gave it.
   From mortal foe, from mortal strife,
   From pain to bliss, from death to life,
   The form we loved has risen to be.
   Encrowned with imortality.
   Mr. Hoffman was born in the town of Lutwieler, Baveria, in Germany, March 8, 1830. He came with his parents to the United States when about 16 years old and with them settled on Tea Creek, near where he has resided ever since. He was married to Henrietta Dare, in 1855, by whom he had twelve children-six sons and six daughters-all of whom except one, a son together with the wife and one brother survive him. findagrave link

   Hendricks-At the home of his daughter, Mrs. S. H. Grinstead, on Friday morning, January 29, 1892, Mr. Henry Hendricks, aged 75 years 7 months and 13 days.
   Funeral services were conducted at the Catholic church by Father Giensz, on Saturday morning, after which the remains were interred in Catholic Cemetery.

VERNON BANNER - February 7, 1883

   Died-At his residence in Vernon, Jennings County, Ind., January 29, 1883, at 10:30 o'clock a.m., Mr. Hiram Twadell; aged 73 years, 8 mos. and 29 days.
   He was born in Genesee county, New York, April 30, 1809. About the year 1818 his father with his family came to Indiana, and settled at, or near, Hanover, Jefferson County. At what time the deceased came to Jennings county is not now certainly known; but he became a citizen of this county in youth or early manhood. During his sojourn with us he was engaged in important trust, until failing health required him to retire from active duty. He was for about thirty years in the employ of the M.& I.& J.& I.R.R. Companies; and for 20 or 25 years, he, with marked faithfulness, discharged the responsible trust of Ticket and Freight Agent for said Companies at their office in Vernon, and this trust only terminated when declining health required him to resign.
   Mr. Twadell has been the subject of many sorrows. Death has many times entered his dwelling and taken away loved ones from his embrace.
   He was united in marriage to Miss Charlotte Thompson, October 3, 1832. The fruit of this union was three children, of whom Henry and Josephine are now living; little Charley and the mother having passed away.
   In December, 1842, Mr. Twadell and Mrs. Phelina A. Cook were united in marriage. To them were given four children; of these, Viola and Wilberforce are the only survivors. Their little sisters Alice and Almeda and then the mother having died.
   On the fourth day of March 1856, Mr. Twadell and Miss Julia Bullock were joined in marriage. This union was cowned with three children. death again and again entered this family-calling first for little Sarah, and then for Joseph, and now for the husband and father: leaving the sorrow-stricken widow and her only surviving child, Mary, to complete this list of mourners.
   No, these are not all who mourn. Society has lost one of its brightest examples of morality and uprightness. Citizens mourn, all mourn- but not as those who have no hope. He died in peace. He was loved by all, and loved most by those who knew him best.
   Funeral services were held at the Baptist church, conducted by the Rev. Harry Smith of the Baptist church, assisted by Revs Barr of the Presbyterian and Mellender of the M. E. chruches. The XI chapter of the Gospel of John was read and the 5th verse used as a text. The audience was large and attentive and the services solumn and impressive. The remains were then laid to rest in the Vernon Cemetery. findagrave link

Vickers Milhous
   Springfield Republic
   Vickers Milhous, who died at his late residence, on Limestone street this city January 18, 1883 and was buried at Ferncliff on the 20th inst., was the son of William Milhous, of Pennsylvania. Vickers was born in Belmont county, Ohio, January 15, 1810. He had just entered upon the seventy-fourth year of his age when his eventful life terminated. In 1838 he married Isabella Wilson, a very excellent lady, and settled in Beaver Pa. There were born to him in this marriage three children-two sons and one daughter. The sons, William and J. E. Milhous, are enterprising citizens of Winchester, Ill. Martha, the daughter, is the accomplished wife of Mr. Ball, of Blufton, Ind. Mr. Milhous next moved to Mt. Union, where he was successfuly engaged in business. While there he originated the enterprise of establishing a High School, which in later years developed into Mt. Union College. From this place he moved to Dupont, Ind.; thence to Salem O. In 1863 he lost his wife by death, and on Jan. 17th 1863, he was married to M.J. Odell, of Dayton O. Mr. Milhous professed religion in the Baptist church in 1840, an event in his life which he ever cherished in memory with great vividness, as he frequently eleuded to it, being able to give text of Scripture the minister used on that occasion, which is the language of the two disciples who walked with Jesus on the road to Emmaus, ie "And they said to one another, was not our heart burning within us, while he spake to us in the way." He applied himself closely to business, dealing in wool quite extensively in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. Yet he did not neglect the culture of his heart and mind, he read a great deal, and was quite familiar with the literature of the times. His chief text-book, however. Was the Bible, which he regarded as the light to his pathway and a lamp to his feet. Though by his convictions a devout Baptist, yet he was liberal in the application of his views, and affiliated heartily with all Christians. His wife being a member of the Central M.E. church, of this city, he joined it with her, when he settled in Springfield about twelve years ago. Of this church he continued a member until 1879, when, by letter, he united with the Clinton Avenue Freewill Baptist church of which he was an accredited member at the time of his death. As a business man he was prudent, punctual and reliable: As a Christian, earnest and faithful; as a friend, warm hearted and benevolent; as a citizen upright and honorable. He took an interest in every political and social issue of the times, supporting zealously what he believed to be right and denouncing usparingly that which he believed to be wrong. Truly, then, it may be said that in his death, his family society and the church have sustained a sad loss. Thus it is ordered by an Allwise Providence that however active and useful, the body must enter the quiet silence of the grave, but the spirit passes on, and up to the ilie eternal. Springfield. O. Jan. 21, 1883.
   Mr. Vickers Milhous, whose obituary appears in this issue, was the oldest brother of Mr. Joshua V. Milhous, the well known nursery man of Bigger Township, and was engaged in business at Dupont for a number of years. He had a large circle of acquaintances and friends in this county who will be pained to hear of his death.findagrave link

REPUBLICAN - January 7, 1909

Mrs. Margaret Dixon, aged 87 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Perry Taulman of Beech Grove, Dec. 30. The remains were brought to Mt. Zion where Rev. U.M. McGuire of Washington conducted the funeral.(Maiden name of Margaret Dixon was Fear, her first husband was Jacob Trumbo Foster, she then married Samuel Wilson Dixon, Beech Grove where she died was in Jackson County).findagrave link


Brewersville Letter
   Mrs. Edleman, who broke a thigh bone recently, was thought to be getting along well until Monday evening when she began to sink rapidly and died Wednesday evening. The remains were interred in the Kellar cemetery on Friday. Mrs. Edleman had been a resident of this township for a long time and her upright Christian life had made her many friends. Jan. 6.
   East Lovett Letter
   Mrs. Lefever, wife of Dr. Lefever,(LeFeber) died at her home in Lovett one day last week. The remains were interred in the cemetery at Dupont.
   San Jacinto Letter
   Edward Ross died at his home last Monday, his remains were interred at Graham, Christmas.
   Wm. R. Runyan, at St. Paul Park, Minn., Sunday afternoon, December 29, 1889, at 4:15 p.m., age 33 years.
   The above notice is of the death of a former resident of our county. Since coming to St. Paul he has been prospered in many ways. The suburb in which Mr. Runyan lived was given shape morally by his strong example and influence. He came here just as the town was starting. He was instrumental in starting a Presbyterian church, which when he died, had reached the goodly number of 75 members, the Sunday school of which he was Superintendant, has grown from 50 to 100. This is the growth of a year. He was in every way a faithful earnest man, beloved by everyone that knew him. In his position as Cashier of a large wholesale grocery house he was recognized as about perfect in his line. His promotions were always unsought and followed regularly every year. He leaves a family of a wife and six small children. The whole community and a still larger circle of friends mourn with them their loss. Wm. C. Covert, Pastor Presbyterian Church.

REPUBLICAN/BANNER - January 14, 1909

DIED-On Thursday morning January 7th, of cancer of the stomach, Mrs. Kate May. She was nearly 66 years of age, and leaves three brothers, three sons, and one daughter. Burial last Saturday at noon. Rev. Hunt preached the funeral. findagrave link

DIED-Mrs. Mary E. Lewis, or "Grandma" Lewis, as she was generally called in this neighborhood, was born at Petersburg N. Y., Jan. 12, 1826, and died Jan. 9, 1909, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Casper Grove. In the spring of 1898 Mr. Grove and family moved here from Ohio and Grandma Lewis came with them. She was a member of the Thornville, Ohio, M.E. Church and leaves three sons and one daughter, several grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn their loss.
   Funeral services were conducted at the home on Tuesday at 10 o'clock by Rev. Williams of Dupont.

HEART FAILURE - Strike Prominent Citizen Down in Prime of Life
   Jacob M. Rash died of heart failure at his home here Monday night. He had been in usual health and his death was a great shock to his many friends. With his wife, he had attended the show during the evening and they returned home and retired about 9:00 o'clock and about an hour after, Mrs. Rash was aroused by his struggles and hastily summoned assistance but before anyone arrived he had expired. Physicians made every effort to revivie him but failed.
   He was 55 years of age, a member of the Masonic order, the I.O.O.F., K. of P., and I.O.R.M. and a member of the Jennings County Bar and he had served a number of years as Justice of the Peace in this township.
   He leaves a wife and one son at home.
   Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Presbyterian church and burial in the city cemetery. (aka Hillcrest Cemetery)

DIED-Mrs. Elizabeth Brown, died near Hayden on Thursday.findagrave link

DIED-Mrs. Vunencia Conner, 55 years of age, died of paralysis, at her home in Paris Crossing, Jan. 11th. Her first husband John Hedges died in 1897 and she was later married to Ed. Conner, who was killed in Cincinnati two years after their marriage. She was the mother of ten children, eight of whom with one brother and one sister survive her. Funeral services conducted by Rev. Hamilton were held this morning her remains were taken to Hayden for Burial.

DIED-Wm. F. Whedon, for many years a conductor on the Madison branch of the J.M.& I. and well and favorably known to many of our people died in his home in Columbus, on Sunday. He was 66 years of age and leaves a wife and three children. His remains were taken to Madison for burial.

DIED-John Simon, 56 years of age, died at his mothers home in this city on O. & M. Ave., Wednesday morning at 9:00. He had been sick for some time and his death was not unexpected. Funeral Friday at 9:00 o'clock.

REPUBLICAN - December 31, 1908

DIED-Mrs. Margaret Dixon, died Wednesday afternoon about 1:00 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Perry Taulman, on the Uniontown road in Vernon township. Age 87 years 1 mo. and 24 days. Mrs. Dixon has been an invalid for about eight years. She was taken worse last Friday and died from the infirmaties incident to old age. She was born in Hamilton County, Ky. but went to Jennings county when a small child where she spent almost her entire life. She has been a widow for some thirty years and has lived among her children for about twenty-five years. Five of her children are still living, two sons and three daughters, Mrs. S. F. Deputy of Riley, Kan., Mrs. Evan Hughes of Crothersville, Leonidas Foster, of California, John Q. Foster and Mrs. Perry Taulman of Vernon township. The deceased also leaves 30 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. She was a member of the Marion Baptist church in Jennings county. Funeral and burial at the Mt. Zion church Friday morning at ten o'clock. findagrave link

DIED-Mrs. America Hudson, 67 years of age, was stricken with paralysis at her home in Paris Crossing at 1:00 a.m. Monday and died at 8:00 a.m. without regaining consciousness. She was the widow of the late A.V. Hudson and five children survive her, vis: Jas. E. Hudson and M.B. Hudson of Paris Crossing, Mrs. Mollie Wells of Chicago, Mrs. F. Lett of Seymour and Rev. C.R. Hudson of Frankfort, Ky. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Christian Church there, of which she had long been a member and burial in the Coffee Creek Cemetery. findagrave link


Lewis H. Meek Dead
   Death, the unwelcome visitor-the rider on a pale horse-has again entered the community and taken away one of the well respected and useful citizens, Lewis M. Meek, born here at Weston; he has ever made his home and his death will long be felt as a loss to the neighborhood. April 15, 1869, he married Samantha Lewis and to them two daughters were born. The older, Mrs. Frank Malcomb, being the only surviving member of the family. Mr. Meek had been in failing health for several months but not until four weeks ago was much danger apprehended. Death Sunday morning last. Funeral and burial at Tea Creek Tuesday. He was born January 14, 1848; died January 19, 1908. (The newspaper seems to have been confused as his middle initial is both H. & M., his tombstone also says Lewis M.) findagrave link

Fine Old Gentleman Dead.
   Peter M. Crane, aged 75 years, died of paralysis at 2 o'clock last Saturday afternoon, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Samuel Covington, on Hoosier street, of this city. Mr. Crane was born in Sissonville, W. Va., on January 2, 1832. He was the father of five children, three daughters and two sons, all of whom are living with the exception of one son, George, who met death in a railroad wreck several years ago. Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock by Rev. Black, after which the remains were laid to rest in the City Cemetery. The children who were here to attend the funeral were: Mrs. F.M. Fewell of Madison, Mrs. Verne Coombs of Cincinnati, and Stanley Crane and wife of Cincinnati.

Two-Year-Old Child Scalded Last Thursday
   Mamie, the two year old daughter of John Darringer and wife, who live near Scipio, was scalded by falling into a tub of hot water last Thursday, blood poisening developed, causing the childs death the next day. The remains were interred in the Hulse Cemetery at Scipio Saturday.

Marshall Meek, a prominent and highly respected farmer of the southern part of the county, residing near Weston, died Saturday and was laid to rest Monday of this week. (I have a feeling this is the Lewis M. Meek mentioned earlier in the same paper, I could find no Marshall Meek buried here.)
   Edward Maloney, jr., son of Daniel Maloney of Geneva township, died of Brights desease Tuesday. He was a school teacher and considered one of the brightest young men of the profession.


John A Nelson, age 44 years died at the German Hotel Monday night after a two weeks sickness. Deceased was a member of North Vernon Aerie of Eagles and Glass Workers No. 6 of Marion, Ind. Soon after his death he was taken to the Eagles hall from which place funeral services were conducted were conducted Wednesday morning at nine o'clock by Rev. Duncan, after which the remains were interred in the city cemetery. The funeral procession was headed by the band. This is the first loss the Eagles have had since the organization two years ago.
   Mr. Nelson was born in Grettenburg, Sweden, 44 years ago, came to this country when 13 years old as a cabin boy and has spent the greater part of his life as a glass worker. This gentleman had no relatives in this country, but on his application for membership into the Eagles named his brother who lives in Sweden as the one to name in case of death. A member of the secret organization can find loyal friends wherever a lodge is located and receive tender care, during his last, or suffering hours; this was shown in this case. Mr. Nelson without a relative was cared for and buried with the same care as anyone would give a brother. findagrave link

NORTH VERNON PLAIN DEALER - September 26, 1918

T.J. Burtch one of our oldest citizens died unexpectedly last Friday morning. He had been in failing health the past two or three years with heart trouble. He had prepared to go to Shelby County with his sister, Mrs. Eva Burtch, who is here visiting. They were going to visit another sister Mrs. Jane Hargrove. Mr. Burtch had dressed ready to start and and walked out a distance in the yard, when he was seen to fall. When members of his family reached him he was dead. He was 68 years of age. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. J. M. Swarthout, of Butlerville, at Commiskey Church on Sunday afternoon at two o'clock, burial at the old Coffee Creek churchyard by the side of his wife who died five years ago. Uncle Jeff was a member of the Baptist Church at this place and was a good active member as long as he was able to attend. He leaves a daughter, two sons and twelve grandchildren, besides three sisters. Among those from a distance attending the funeral were William Carlock and wife of Seymour, Frank Lewis and wife of Waldron and John Burtch of Letts, Louis Holder and sister Mrs. Nettie Crow, of Eaton, Ind., were here to attend the funeral of Mr. Burtch, but just as the funeral party was starting for the church, Mr. Holder received a message that his son Clarence was killed Sunday morning at their home in Eaton for him to come at once. He and his sister Mrs. Crow left for Eaton at once. They were T.J. Burtch's nephew and niece.
   John Burtch spent Saturday night with Mrs. Margaret Hartwell and family, took dinner and supper on Sunday with George Hartwell and family, and spent Sunday night with his sister, Mrs. Grace Layton, near Lovett. He returned to Letts Monday morning. findagrave link

BANNER PLAIN DEALER - August 1, 1902

   Jane Elizabeth Williamson was born in the town of Scipio, August 26, 1842. Her parents were Alexander and Phoebe Ann Williamson. A few years after this her parents moved to the little town of Tannersville located on the J.M.& I.R.R., two miles southwest of Scipio. here she grew to womanhood. She had a very happy childhood and was a favorite among the young people of the surrounding country. She is clung to her old friends at Scipio and most of her social mingling was with the young people of that place. She taught a few terms in public schools and on February 14, 1861, was married to Asbury S. Corya, at the home of her parents. Not very long after they were married they began housekeeping on the farm where they have since resided, with the execption of one year 1863-1864. This year was spent in the city of Lafayette, Ind., where Mr. Corya engaged in the grocery business. Her strong desire to live near her parents caused them to return to their farm in Jennings county, which is situated 1/2-mile northwest of Tannersville and upon which today is located the postoffice and station of Hege. On February 8, 1879, Mrs. Corya became sorely afflicted and and the summers of that year and 1883 were spent in the hospital at Indianapolis, in vain endeavor to restore her perfect health, but it seems that this was not in Gods providence that this should be accomplished and she remained an afflicted sufferer, but was enabled to rear her family of children of which the youngest is now 29 years of age. She was the mother of six children five of whom are still living, one having died in infancy. Despite her afflictions she led a happy life, and though unable to travel much or mingle much in society she enjoyed the company of a few faithful friends, the society of the family and the constant companionship of her husband. Through all these years she bore her affliction with remarkable fortitude. She was of a bright sunny disposition and this happy faculty she seemed to possess till the end. The past winter was a very hard one for her and she contracted pneumonia from the effects of which she never fully recovered. Gradually her vitality and strength had been undermined, until finally on Saturday, July, 19, her system gave way. Her children, brothers and sisters were hastily called to her bedside. She knew them until Monday when she lapsed into unconcious condition hovering between life and death until Friday night, when she answered the call of her Savior. The funeral was held at the Scipio Presbyterian church, Sunday at 11:00 a.m., Rev. T.M. Todd the regular pastor conducting the services. She had been a faithful and consistant member of this church since 1957. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star when the Masonic Lodge was in existance in Scipio. findagrave link  

   Thomas J. Belcher son of Thomas and Lottie Humphrey Belcher, was born in Newport, Ky., March 12, 1875. In 1877 his parents moved from Newport to Wilmington, North Carolina, there his father died when Thomas was but eight years old. They lived in Wilmington making a success in business life until they sold their property and removed to Indiana in February, 1902, and located in Marysville, Clark county. Having been raised by a Christian mother, he confessed his sins in his youth and took upon him the yoke of the Lord, and became affiliated with the Baptist church in North Carolina. Last month while a revival was in progress at Marysville in the Christian church, he united with it, becoming an active member, speaking and praying in public worship, reading the Scriptures and admonishing others to become christians. On the third day of July he came to the city of North Vernon to visit J.C. Vorberger and wife, his relatives, also to receive medical advice and treatment for Brights desease. On Sunday morning, July 6th about 9 o'clock, he was suddenly stricken down, going into convulsions. Two of the best physicians of North Vernon were called to his relief, and all was done for him that loving and skillful hands could do; but the king of death claimed his right. And Thos. Belcher died at high noon, three hours from the time he was stricken down. One of the most nobel traits of character found in a young man in the world was in Thomas Belcher. He loved and obeyed his mother. Before he died he asked his cousins J.C. Vorberger and wife, to care for his mother if he should be called away. This was Christ like. The Lord Jesus Christ said to his disciples while dying upon the cross "Behold thy Master." Brother Belcher died in the triumph of a living faith in Christ, and we believe that his imortal spirit has had an entrance into the everlasting kingdom of the Lord, Jesus Christ. "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord from henceforth; yea, saith the spirit, that they may rest from their labors and their works do follow them." Bro. Belcher has left his dear mother, the only one that remains in the family with other friends and family to mourn their loss until they shall be called if faithful until death to enjoy heaven with the redeemed forever. findagrave link  

   William Hill and Fanny Wilson were married Dec. 16, 1894, by Rev. James K. Creighton at the M.E. Parsonage, Paris, Indiana.
   The giver of all things blessed this union with three beautiful little ones, namely Ralph, Carl and Marjorie. These gifts given them had grown to be loving and obedient children, loved by all who know them.
   God silently and gently and silently called Carl Hill to his blessed abode on July 29th 1902 at 1 o'clock and 5 minutes after an illness of 6 day aged 4 years 1 month and 26 days. Little Carl will be greatly missed by all, even by his little playmates, and above all there is a place vacant in the home, that none can ever fill. The day befor Carl passed away he sang so sweetly, as only a child can sing. "I shall know him by the print of the nails in his hand." Now he can join with the angelic choir, in Glory, and stand by His side. Goodby little Carl, until we meet again, where there shall be no more sorrow and no more death. God wanted him to that heaven might be nearer to those left behind. The funeral was conducted by the Rev. J.S. Campbell, at the M.E. Church, attended by many sorrowing relatives and friends, and his SS class in a body marched in headed by his teacher, bearing lovely flowers, fit symbols of his pure angelic life. Burial at Paris cemetery.

BANNER PLAIN DEALER - August 8, 1902

   Laura Herring, daughter of William and Emaline Herring was born March 14, 1865. She united with the Bearcreek Baptist Church while quite young under the pastorate of Rev. A. T. Childs. She was united in marriage with George A. Bennett, Aug. 14, 1888 and departed this life at 5:40 o'clock on the morning of July 31, 1902 at the age of 37 years, 4 months and 17 days. Her mother died when Laura was quite young, about one year of age leaving her in the care of her father and older brothers and sisters. She was devotedly attached to her father and in his last sickness she was constantly with him, administering to his care and comfort day and night until he departed this life. To her union with George A. Bennett, there was born one daughter Gladys, whom she leaves at a tender age to the care of a kind and tender father. She lived a consistant christian life devoted to her home and family. She was kind to the poor, administering to their aid all she could, and now leaves a kind and loving husband,a sweet little daughter, four brothers, three sisters and kind neighbors and other friends and relatives and friends to mourn her loss.

   Charles J. Coryell was born January 7, 1825, in Elyria, New York. He died July 24, 1902, at the home of his daughter Mrs. William Hess, in Leesville, Ind. Charles the subject of this sketch, was united in marriage to Hannah Jane Johnson, January 20, 1846. Eleven children were born to this union, eight of whom survive. He was an industrious and successful farmer, living comfortably and happily with his wife and family for more than fifty years on what is known as the Coryell farm. Early in life he united with the Methodist Episcopal Church. Reared under strong religious influences, he became a man of upright character, possessing sterling integrity and honesty of purpose. He had an active intellect and greatly enjoyed reading, conversing intelligently on all topics, especially agricultural and political. Though his manners were quiet and retiring, friends were welcome to his home kindly and cordially. His hospitality was unbounded, his table being spread with the best of cheer, while with his own hands he plucked the choicest fruit and placed before his guests. Neighbors and friends found him ever sympathetic and helpful in times of sorrow and distress. During the Civil War he was an earnest supporter of the Union. His oldest son and brother were among those who went forth to fight the battles of their country. In those years of trial he comforted his aged father and mother, looked carefully after the wellfare of his brothers family, few knowing the grief and suspense that filled his heart at thoughts of the dear ones facing peril and death. His married life was an exceptionally happy one. Since the death of his wife, six years ago, life seemed to have lost much of its charm and brightness, and he longed to lay aside its burdens and pain. After a short illness of scarcely a week, which he bore uncomplainingly, he passed peacefully away. His remains were taken to Vernon, the funeral services being held in the M.E. Church; in obedience to his last request he was buried on the old farm in the family graveyard. Just at the noon-tide hour, while the sun was flooding the hills and valleys with golden glorious beauty, he was laid down to rest beside his loved ones, there to rest until the resurection morn. B. findagrave link

Mary Day Wagner
   Mary Day Wagner was born the 8th of January, 1819, near Rochester, New York. She was fatally stricken with paralysis, July 29th and lingered two days when she passed peacefully to rest. She was married to J.H. Wagner, May 9th, 1839, who still survives her, making sixty-three years of ideal wedded life such as is seldom recorded. In all these years she was his constant companion and helpmate, loyal to every cause which was of interest to him. Eight children were born to them, four of whom are still living. She also leaves six grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren who will miss her sweet face. How hard it is to put into words or express by lip the loss of such a life as this wife and "mother" upon whom these sacred titles rest, brighter far than any precious crown of jewels. God has been good, aye, wonderfully good to have spared her to her husband and children these many years-this patient, affectionate and helpful "wife", this mother who was a ministering angel in her home always patient, loving and uncomplaining, with a bright smile and cheery greeting for her children who she adored. As a friend always ready to extend a cordial welcome and a generous hospitiality to all. Being an invalid for the last ten years, only those who were with her can appreciate with what patience and self-sacrifice the labor of love was offtimes performed in the midst of all cares, physical weakness and pain. The influence which she exerted over her husband children and friends, with her patience and sweetness of character, will never be forgotten. The distinguishing feature of her whole life was sweet patience, and if only "its mantel might descend to us, well may it be said, the world be richer for its inheritance." She has crossed to the other side, but may all who knew her and sorrow for her, remember that God is good, and has spared her to us many years above the allotted time. For 61 years she was a member of the church; four years of that time she belonged to the Christian Church and afterwards united with the Universalist church. She was an implicit believer in her Saviors love, and her last conscious utterance to some member of the family was "not to worry; that all would be right." Her sons and grandsons acted as pallbearers.
   Vernon Local News
   Mrs. Mary Wagner wife of J.H. Wagner died at her home here on Thursday July 31st, of paralysis. Funeral services were held at the home on Saturday Aug. 2nd, conducted by Rev. Chesley Holmes; after which the remains were laid to rest in the Vernon Cemetery.

BANNER PLAIN DEALER - August 15, 1902

   Mrs. Grace Johnson was born April 26, 1867; departed this life July 27, 1902. Mrs. Johnson was a member of the Freedom Baptist church, of which she became a member when but a child. She was an efficient worker in the church, ever ready to perform those services necessary to promote the Master's cause. She will be greatly missed, not only in the chruch but in the community in which she lived, as she was a kind and loving neighbor, being ever ready to assist and comfort those in distress. She leaves to mourn her loss, a mother, daughter and husband, besides many friends to whom she was very dear. While we are sad to think her well known footsteps will never be heard again, we rejoice in the fact that she has gone to be with Jesus. Her toils are past her work is done, and she is fully blest. She fought the fight, the victory won, and entered into rest. Then let our sorrow cease to flow since God recalls his own and bids them leave a world of woe for an imortal crown, but let our hearts in every woe still say, "Thy will be done."
   Mrs. Sam Johnson, of near Champion, died suddenly Sunday, and was buried at Dupont on Tuesday. She was formerly a resident of this city and was then the widow of Henry Hinchman.findagrave link

Mrs Morin, age 80, died Monday Aug. 4, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.H. Rogers. The funeral was preached Wednesay at Tea Creek by Rev. Swarthout, after which the remains were laid to rest in Tea Creek Cemetery.

Mrs. Alexander Shepherd
   The death of our beloved neighbor and friend, Mrs. Alexander Shepherd daughter of Prof. Thos. F. Hall D.D. of Oxford College, O., and Theodica Bryant Hall, Hamblilton O., will be deeply regretted by a large number in this community, where she has resided for many years.
   Mrs. Shepherd was born on June 10, 1844 in Hamilton, Butler county, Ohio. At the age of eighteen years she graduated from the Circleville high school, and was a teacher in the public schools in Pickaway county, and later afterwards was tendered the chair of English Literature in the grammer school of Richmond, Ind., which she later declined, owing to her engagement to Mr. Geo. W. Young, of Circleville, Ohio, to whom she was married she was married on Dec. 14, 1865, by the Rev. J.C. Chaffin, the ceremony taking place at the residence of the bride. As a result of this marriage six children were born, viz; Leonora, Jacob Bonner, Victoria Viola, Granville Moody, Adelaide Bryand, and Gardner Wilder Young, all of whom survive her.
   After the death of her first husband, Geo. W. Young, she removed with her family to Ashville O., where she engaged in the drug business for several years, and on April 7, 1886, she was married a second time, by the Rev. Mr. Brown, at the home of the bride's father, to Mr. Alexander Shepherd, who survives her. She removed with him and her two youngest children to North Vernon in 1886, where she has resided since, and has been an active worker in church, literary and educational affairs, and at the time of her death, was president of the Ladies' Research Club of North Vernon.
   During her last illness, which confined her to her bed for nearly four months, she was daily in receipt of tokens of esteem from here many friends and neighbors, such as flowers and tempting dishes for the sick. The family regret their loss greatly, and are in receipt of many messages of condolence and sympathy. They, as well are greatly consoled in the thought that they have done all in their power to make her comfortable during her last illness. She was provided with the best medical skill attainable, but the nature of her illness was early found to be beyond medical or surgical aid, so all efforts were centered on making her last days as comfortable as possible.
   She passed away as calmly and peacefully as one entering into a peaceful slumber, surrounded by her near neighbors, and those dearest in her life.
   Mrs. Alexander Shepherd. Aged 58 years, died at her home on College street, this city on Saturday August 9th. Funeral services were conducted at the late residence Tuesday afternoon. Interment in City Cemetery.

   After a short illness. Ben Temple passed into eternity Saturday evening and the remains were interred in the Dupont cemetery Monday afternoon. Mr. Temple was a much respected resident of this place. He leaves a large family and many friends to mourn this sad loss, as he was a kind husband, a loving father, a good neighbor, friend, citizen and brother.


   Melvin Sprague was born in Jefferson County, Indiana in the year 1842 and departed this life January 9, 1917. Aged 74 years 4 months and 28 days.
   He was married to Elizabeth Johnson, February 18th, 1877. To them were born eight children six girls and two boys. Lora Sprague of Stephenville, Texas; Morton Sprague of Indianapolis; Letha Johnson of Lima, Ohio; Cora Jarvis of Indianapolis; Esther Hambilton of Wosca, Cal.; Lucy Passwater of Tipton, Ind.; John Sprague of Placentia, Cal.; and Ada Jessup of Anderson, Ind., all of whom survive.
   He united with the Bethel Baptist church some twenty years ago, of which he was a faithful member. Also a member of Pleasant Valley Lodge, No. 390 I.O.O.F.
   Mr. Sprague had been in poor health for almost three months, being bedfast since Nov. 7th. He finally consented to undergo a surgical operation on December 29th and was slowly recovering when congestion of the lungs set in, and relieved him of his suffering. He leaves a wife and eight children, plus a host of relatives and friends to mourn his departure.
   A loving father true and kind
   No one on earth like him we find
   For all of us he did his best
   May god grant him eternal rest
   His memory is as dear today
   As in the hour he passed away
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OBITUARY Valeria Anabel Newkirk was born in Tipton, Ind., on the first of October 1908 and came to North Vernon with her parents when just sixteen months of age, where she lived until her Heavenly Father called her Sunday afternoon, January 21st, 1917, aged eight years, three months and eighteen days.
   We had a little treasure once,
   She was our joy and pride,
   We loved her, ah! perhaps to well
   For soon she slept and died,
   Gone is our darling Valeria,
   Lonely are our hearts today,
   For one we loved so dearly,
   Has forever passed away.
   We desire to thank Br. Caroll and the Baptist Choir and undertaker Charles Rapp; also the kind friends for the kindness shown us in our bereavement the death of our darling daughter, Valeria Newkirk.
   Father, mother and grandparents.

   Lanora V. Deputy Johnson, daughter of William and Mary Deputy was born near Commiskey, Indiana, November 3, 1849, and departed this life January 20th, 1917, having lived sixty-seven years, two months and seventeen days.
   She married James A. Johnson, October 8, 1868. Born to this union were twelve children: six sons and six daughters; eight of whom are living-five sons and three daughters.
   Throughout her life she was always kind, of thoughtful disposition, companionable. She had many friends who will remember her. Her devotion to her children was exemplary. She was greatly interested in her grand children to whom she had endeared herself and will always recall the special deeds of kindness and priviledges granted to them in her home.
   Besides her children she leaves twenty-three grandchildren, two great-grand-children, a loving husband, one sister and a host of friends and relatives to mourn the loss.
   She united with the Mt. Zion M.E. Church at an early age and proved to be a faithful member until the Death Angel called her to a higher position with Christ.(not listed on Find a Grave here is a listing to Mt. Zion Cemetery on this site)

NORTH VERNON SUN - January 25, 1917
   Jefferson Fletcher age 23, died at the home of his father in this city Monday. Death came as the result of pneumonia. The funeral was held Wednesday and the interment made in the city cemetery. (aka Hillcrest Cemetery)
    Died, December 12, 1871, at the home of his son in-law, in Howard Co., Seth M. Chase, in the 75th year of his age, of paralysis of the left side, after an illness of three days.
    The deceased was born in the state of New York on the third day of September, 1797; was married to Miss Margaret Whitney, on the 25th of July 1817. A few years after his marriage he moved to Jennings County Ind. near Vernon, where he remained a few years, when he moved to Bartholomew county, where his wife and oldest son died. When he returned to Jennings county where he married Miss Phebe Wagner, March 22, 1829. He resided in Jennings county until December 1863, when he moved to Howard county Ind., where his wife died July 23rd 1864. Since that time he has lived with his children. Seven of the number is still living. S.W.C. findagrave link

    The committee appointed by the Graham Sunday School to prepare a minute in referance to the death of our brother, John L. Tweedy, would offer the following.
    In the providence of an all wise God, we are called upon as a Sabbath School to record the death of our beloved friend and Bro., John L. Tweedy, who departed this life Nov. 8, 1871, in the 19th year of his age.
     He made a profession of religion, November 13, 1869. His life was consistent, his death peaceful and triumphant. His chief regret, was that he had done so little for Christ, who had done so much for him. He bore all of his sickness with remarkable christian patience and fortitude, often alluding to the fact that his sufferings were mild, compared with others. He offered many faithful dying counsels to his friends and youthful companions, which we trust will be remembered, - like bread cast upon the waters, appearing many days hence. Let us the surviving members of this Sabbath School seel tp emulate his virtues, and follow his footsteps, as he followed Christ. Therefore be it
Resolved. That in this afflicting dispensation of God's providence, we hear an individual solumn call to increased dilligence in getting and doing good.
Resolved. That as an expression of our deep-felt sympathy, a copy of this paper, together with the following lines of poetry, be given to the family of our deceased friend, and that a copy be sent to the Plain Dealer and Vernon Banner for publication, and that the Secretary be directed to spread this paper on the records of the School.

"Why mourn for John? He's gone before;
Why grieve as though we'd meet no more?
He's gone beyond the reach of pain
Our loss is his eternal gain
Clad in a robe of spotless white
He dwells with Christ in endless light
And now amid the angelic throng
He sings than theirs a sweeter song
He sings through all the courts above
Redeeming grace and dying love
While angel hosts God's glories view
Redeaming grace they never knew

Why mourn for John? He's gone before;
And grieve as though we'd meet no more?
When on Canaan's happy shore
Us he awaits to welcome o're

Then let us strive as best we can,
Resolved by grace to enter in,
And meet him in that happy home,
Where death and sorrow never come,"
Wm. Wilson,
Thomas Gibbony,
Rev. J.M. McRee
Another case where the listing does not match the obit - middle initial is different. findagrave link

The following Obituary was one I found for someone else, and normally obits are not humerous but poor old Harvey Pease must have been a bit insufferable from the beginning of his obit.
Harvey Pease
Is gone at last. He bid farewell to earth on the 12th of January, 1883. His earthly career was long - 84 years. He settled three miles north of Scipio about 40 years ago. Five years hence he moved to Millstone, three miles southwest of Westport, from thence to his long home from whence no traveler has ever returned.
   Mr. Pease was noted for his strong conscientious opposition to human slavery. His strenuous position on the subject, both in public and private, rendered him unpopular. He was so fanatic he would not vote with the Republican party. He lived to see the cherished hopes of his life ripen into realities-the aboliton of Slavery. Mr. Pease was also strenuously opposed to all secret societies. He fought them with as much courage as he did slavery, fully hoped to see them all wiped out; but, alas! he is dead and secret societies will live after he is forgotten. He was also a strong temperance man-a tetotler-and often lectured on temperance as well as on the other subjects.
   These peculiar traits rendered him unpopular, but he was honest and conscientious in his course, and, withall, was a Christian man, and a member of the United Brethern church. W. E. Spear.

   Nathanial Robbins died last Sunday morning 5 minutes to one o'clock, aged 75 years 4 months and 21 days.
   Uncle Nat, as he was generally known among his relatives and friends, of which he had many, was born in Scott county Indiana, on the 17th day of September 1827. He was married to Abigail Green on the 17th day of April 1947. To them were born 8 children, 6 boys and 2 girls, who all died young, except one who lived to the age of 15 years. ____________________________________________ ( missing sentence) of his marriage, he joined the ______ Baptist church, and has ever up to the day of his death been a consistant, zealous and faithful member. He was a kind and affectionate husband, loving his wife and children and beloved by them. He was an excellent and kind neighbor, generous and kind hearted to the afflicted and poor and strove with all his power to do good to his and others, so he might make the road to happiness and God easier and more pleasant.
   The wife of Thomas Buckles(s)(Julia A. Bridges) of Marion township died last Friday morning and was buried Saturday. Deceased was about forty years of age and leaves a family. findagrave link

   Barbara the little daughter of Frank Ret(t)ig of North Vernon died Sunday and was buried on Monday. Tuesday Mrs. Ret(t)ig, who has been sick for some time died. Mrs. Ret(t)ig leaves a husband and five small children.
   Mrs. Emma Stearns died at her home in Brewersville Tuesday. findagrave link

Found Dead
   Abram Waughtel, aged 55 years was found dead in bed at his home in Geneva township early Saturday morning.
   Deceased was born July 17, 1848 and had been a cripple all his life, though enjoying fairly good health.
   Dr. Crouch was called and held a post mortem and found that deceased's death was due to apoplexy.
   His parents, James Waughtel and wife, are still living. James Waughtel is one of the oldest citizens in the county having been born in Kentucky on April 10, 1809. Mrs. Waughtel was born on March 1, 1817 and is nearly 86 years old.
   The brothers and sisters of the deceased are, Josiah Waughtel, Rockcreek township, Bartholomew county; George, John and Charles and Mrs. John Patton, all of whom reside near the old homestead, and James Waughtel who resides near Fairfield, Ill.
   Abe Waughtel, the deceased was once elected trustee of Geneva township on the Democratic ticket and was once the Democratic candidate for treasurer of this county.
   The funeral took place Monday morning. The procession left the old home place on the state road at 10 o'clock and drove to Elizabethtown where services were held in the Christian church by Rev. Todd, of Franklin. findagrave link

   Adelia Cordett was born May 12, 1826 at Indian Hill, Ohio, was married to William S. Randall, of Cincinnati, 1846. To this union were born eight children all except one have gone before to that better land. Her husband now 94 years of age, survives her. She united with the First Baptist Church of Cincinnati, Ohio in 1849 and had lived a consistant member of the same. Her death occured Jan. 28, 1903 and the funeral services were conducted by Rev. Chelsey Holmes at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. M. Jordan. The body was laid to rest in the Baldwin graveyard. findagrave link


   Kate Virginia Crissman was born at Alum Bank, Pa., February 27, 1866, died in Vernon, Ind., Saturday morning Feb. 5th 1898. She was married to Wm. M. Nauer, at Sterling, Col., March 2nd, 1889, and moved to Vernon, in 1862. Her age was 31 years, 11 months and 8 days.
   The funeral services were conducted from the house by Rev. J.H. Baird, on Monday afternoon, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Vernon Cemetery. The deceased leaves a husband, father, mother, two sisters, one brother and many relatives to mourn her loss. The husband has the sympathy of all in his hour of bereavement. findagrave link

Lutz-at her home in this city on Thursday morning Feb. 16, 1893, of dropsy, Mrs. Catherine Lutz. The funeral was conducted at the Catholic church on Friday, after which the remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery.
Clarkson-On Tuesday evening, February 14, 1893, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. J.R. Weaver, in this city, Mrs. Louisa Clarkson, aged 77 years. Mrs. Clarkson's husband was Lawson Clarkson, to whom she was married in 1835. She united with the Baptist church in 1854, of which she remained a faithful member until death. Funeral services were conducted Thursday morning by Rev. G.M. Smith, and the remains were interred in the Vernon cemetery. findagrave link

   Mrs. Clarkson, mother of James Clarkson of Campbell township, was buried in the Vernon cemetery last Thursday.

VERNON JOURNAL - January 23, 1901
(Interesting issue here, the paper is dated January 23, 1900 but items in it refer to 1901 it appears they dated the paper wrong.)
Death of Amos Thomas
   Amos Thomas was born in Jennings Co. Ind., Feb. 9, 1832, departed this life at his home in Vernon, January 19, 1901. after a protracted illness of dropsy and heart trouble. Deceased was married August 9, 1855 to Mary Ann Roseberry who survives him. Of the two boys and three girls born them all survive but the oldest son Madison, who died May 3, 1898. Those living are Mrs. John Swincher of Vernon, Mrs. Loyd Hudson of North Vernon, Mrs. O.M. Elder of Greensburg, and Monroe Thomas of Vernon.
   After his marriage Mr. Thomas engaged in the merchantile business near Lovett, at what is known as Poplar Corners, which business he conducted successfully until 1863, when he with others made a prospecting tour west as far as Montana. _______ he again took up business at Poplar Corners. Removing from there in 1874 to Vernon he engaged in the same business up to 1879 at which time at which time he removed to North Vernon to re engage in mercantile persuits. In 1882 he was elected clerk of the curcuit court, which position he filled with credit. After returning from his official duties he again entered the mercantile business with his son, Monroe Thomas, in Vernon, which has occupied his time of his demise. Amos Thomas united with the Methodist church when a young man and has been most highly regarded through life as a man of high honor and unsullied business integrity. The funeral occured Sunday at the home, with Rev. S.W. Toyer, after which a large concourse followed the remains to the Vernon cemetery.
      Mr. Amos Thomas, an old and esteemed citizen and merchant of Vernon, died Saturday at the home of his son-in-law, John Swincher, in the old Robert McCammon property on "The Narrows." Funeral services were conducted at the house Sunday afternoon. Interment at the Vernon cemetery. findagrave link

Julia A. Heacock
   Julia A. Heacock widow of Albert G. Heacock, Died in Vernon Indiana July 19, 1891.
   Prior to entering the marriage relation her name was Orbison. She was born in Pennsylvania, May 7, 1827. When seventeen years of age she became a christian and united with the Presbyterian church, some years later, after moving to another locality, she, as a matter of convenience, united with the Methodist church, which relation she sustained until death.
   She was united in marriage to Albert G. Heacock, Sept. 28, 1848. To them were born six children, five sons and one daughter. Two of the sons are the only survivors.
   As a christian she was faithful and consistant, scruplously obeying the call of duty--she was loyal to the call of her Savior and the church-maintaining at all times her integrity. She evinced a deep concern for the cause of religion, and was therefore when her health would allow, a constant attendant at all religious service. The Bible was to her a precious book, and she delighted in persuing its pages, and meditating upon its teachings. She loved the church, and made its work the object of prayer, making the support of church one of the first duties of life.
   For twenty-five years Mrs. Heacock had been an invalid. Much of the time the hand of affliction pressed heavily. a compilation of disturbances, among which was a stroke of paralysis, incurred intense suffering of body; but amid all she displayed characteristic fortitude.
   Toward the close she frequently spoke of her unclouded prospect of the time when she would triumph over affliction; and often expressed a desire to depart. Thus passed to the unseen land a kind mother, a worthy neighbor, and an exemplary christian.

William M. Lattimore died at his home near Franklin, Ind., on the morning of July 19, 1891, of heart disease. Mr. Lattimore was born and raided in Jennings county, and has many relatives and friends who will regret to hear of his death. He was the younger brother of John O. Lattimore, who is well know to our people. (Another case where death date in the newspaper and headstone do not match.)findagrave link

   The infant child of Frank Shonfield died July 18th.

   Jonathan Frenche's infant child was reported dying last evening of intestinal obstruction.

VERNON JOURNAL - August 7, 1903
   Mrs.? Marietta Bailiff died Saturday night at her home near Weston. Obituary
   Marietta Bailiff eldest child of Phineas D. and Sarah Jane Bailiff, was born near Hopewell, Jennings County, Indiana May 26, 1847 and died August 1903, being 56 yrs. 2 mo. and 5 das. of age. Her mother, four sisters and two brothers survive her, while she goes to join her father and one brother who preceeded her to her heavenly home. She united with the Centerville M.E. church in the year 1872 under the pastorage of Rev. Lathrop, since then she has abided by the doctrines of the church and earnestly followed her Savior.
   During her long sickness she often spoke of death but always with a desire to meet it. A large circle of friends will miss her; the home is for the third time darkened by death; many other relatives mourn her departure. She was never very strong but always patient and uncomplaining. Her bible was her friend and guide. She would often sing: "I must tell Jesus, all of my troubles."
   Funeral services were conducted at Centerville M.E. church, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Centerville cemetery. findagrave link
Death of Mrs. Nancy Roudebush.
   Mrs. Nancy Roudebush, died August 1, at the home of her son-in-law, James Orrel, aged 75 years. The funeral was held Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Cooper, interment in Centerville cemetery.
   Deceased whose maiden name was Walker, was the third child of a family of eight children and a twin sister to Mrs. Andy Patrick, deceased. She was born near Freedom church, December 25, 1828 and has since been a resident of this county. On April 28, 1852 she married Wm. S. Roudebush and to this union were born 2 boys and 1 girl. They are Marshall Roudebush of Springfield Mo., Marcus Roudebush of Salt Lake City, Uth., and Mrs. James Orrel, of Vernon. Mrs. Roudebush was a consistant christian lady, having joined the Freedom Baptist church when a girl. She had many friends near Freedom and Centerville. Mr. Roudebush and wife donated the ground to the Centerville Baptist congregation where the church now stands.
   Mrs. Roudebush had the most tender care during her old age and sickness as a reward for her faithful work and teaching during her early life. Not listed on findagrave - link to Centerville Cemetery on this web site.

NORTH VERNON SUN - July 23, 1891
Death of Mary F. Overmyer.
   Mary F. Sherfey was the daughter of David Sherfey and Mary McNeil Sherfey, and was born August 12, 1846 in Vermillion county, Indiana, and died July 18, 1891, at the hour of 5:30 in the morning. She was therefore 45 years old, lacking less than one month, at the time of her death.
   Her father having died in 1861, her mother and family removed from Perrysville, Ind., in 1863, to Greencastle, Ind., the seat of De Pauw (then Asbury) university, and there, within a few squares of the university, Mary F. Sherfey resided until here marriage.
   As a citizen of Greencastle she took an active interest in the work and progress of the university, in the church and Sunday schools, and in the social life of that college city.
   In September 1863 John Overmyer entered Asbury (now De Pauw)university as a student and remained there until June 1867. From the time of his coming to the university, the acquaintance of John Overmyer and Mary F. Sherfey dated.
   Her family has for a great many years been closely and fully identified with the Methodist Episcopal church, and in 1868 she became a member of church and so remained until her death.
   On Sunday, Oct. 30, 1870, she and John Overmyer were married at Greencastle, and on Tuesday following they came to Story's hotel in Vernon. From there, within a few days, the young couple went to housekeeping in their own home, at the place, in the southern part of North Vernon, which has ever since been their family residence.
   Three children were born to them, Florence, Mary and Isabella. Mary died on December 8, 1879, and was interred in the Vernon Cemetery.
   Mrs. Overmyer had for many years been an invalid and for the last six years of her life she was very greviously affected. She bore her heavy affliction with fortitude, and gave every evidence of a true christian and philosopher. The lesson given in her life and conduct while suffering very severe and long continued bodily suffering was very touching and impressive. She was endowed by nature with a singularly fortunate and cheerful disposition.
   She was loved and adored by her husband and children, and was the friend and well wisher of every one, and was a universal favorite wherever known.
   On Sunday afternoon, July 19, 1891, her mortal body was interred in the beautiful Vernon cemetery beside her daughter Mary.
   She rests in peace.
   Hon. John Overmyer and his daughters, Florence and Isabella, request us to express their sincere thanks to their friends and neighbors for their kindness, attention and assistance during the time of the illness, death and funeral of Mrs. Overmyer.

   Mary Ellen Ward, daughter of Walter and Jane (McGannon) Lattimore, was at the time of her death, the oldest representative of one of the oldest families in this part of Jennings County, her grandfather, John Lattimore, having settled on the opposite bank of Graham Creek from Graham Presbyterian Church about the year 1809. The deceased was born June 1, 1832, and departed this life about three o'clock in the evening of June 1, 1913, being just eighty-one years of age. He father's family consisted of ten children, six girls and four boys, she being the third, having a brother and sister older. In childhood she made a public profession of her faith in Christ by uniting with the Mount Moriah Baptist Church and when the same became extinct whe with her father went to the Freedom Baptist Church. Her education was such as the day afforded. At her mother's death, June 25, 1865, she took as best she could the mother's place with the younger brothers and sisters while they remained in the home, until Oct. 10, 1871, at which time she was married to Willis D. Ward, of Jefferson County, Ind. By her ever exemplary life in the home, she soon won the love and confidence of his daughter and two sons, the youngest being nine years of age, who learned to love and trust her as a mother. Ever true to her convictions, she again moved her church membership to the Wirt Baptist Church. On the 12th day of May 1891, sorrow entered her happy home, when she was bereft of her husband. Thus we see that her entire life was spent not far from the home of her childhood, the later years of her life being spent with her widowed sister Jemima Johnson, near the old home and later in the town of Vernon, where she died. Being of a retiring disposition she was not known far and near because of loud demonstrations, but counted as her friends, all who knew her. While many, yes very many nice things might be said of her beautiful traits of character, kind words and deeds of love, let us look for the most beautiful and behold her abiding faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, which beautified her joys, sustained her in sorrow and enabled her to ever live a consistant Christian life and prepared her for the home to which she has gone. While her death causes sorrow in the hearts of her friends in general and especially the three children, the one sister and two sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews, yet even to them the word of God says "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. Yes saith the Spirit that they may rest from their labors and their work do follow them." Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of the Saints. findagrave link
NEWKIRK-Mrs. Armenia Newkirk, until recently a resident of this city, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Minnie Nichols, at Dupont, Saturday, March 29, aged 66 years, 9 months and 16 days. The deceased was the daughter of William C. and Margaret Mitchell and was born in Switzerland County, Ind., June 15th, 1846. She was a member of a family of ten, only two of whom survive. She was married to P.W. Newkirk, March 14, 1861. To this union were born seven children; Charley who died in infancy, Minnie Nichols, of Dupont; Addie, who departed this life some years ago, Lula, who died the 9th of last September, Lonnie, Frank and George. Her companion preceded her to the spirit world, fourteen years ago. Mrs. Newkirk united with the M.E. Church, at Bennington, Ind., in early life and was a member of the Methodist class in Dupont, at the time of her death. She was a kind mother and a good neighbor and was highly esteemed by those who knew her. The last years of her life have been shadowed by sorrows. Since the death of her daughter Lula, last fall, her home has been broken up and her heart has been bleeding with sorrows. Funeral services were conducted at Dupont, and the burial took place there. A Friend. findagrave link
   Mrs. Minnie Deputy, wife of Clarence Deputy died at her home in Marion township, of tuberculosis Monday morning May 26, aged 28 years. She was buried on Wednesday at Cana, where the funeral services were conducted. She leaves a husband and a little daughter, Lois aged about seven to mourn their loss. Her brother Chas. Sage arrived home from Illinois too late for the funeral as the telegram had been delayed in its deliverance. He was almost overcome with grief. findagrave link

One by One They Pass Away
   The death angel has again visited out midst and called to his eternal home another aged and honored citizen of our county.
   Francis Tweedy was born Sept. 26th, 1809, at Pittsburg, Pa., and came to this county to seek his fortune in the wild west when twenty-seven years of age, in 1836. Since which time he lived continuously in this county (except three years, from 1862 to 1865, during which he lived in Missouri) and he has ever been regarded as one of Jennings County's most substantial citizens.
   In 1836 he married Sarah Ann Simpson who died in 1844. After which he again married Nancy Jane Kinear, of Jefferson County in 1846 who survives him and to whom eleven children, seven boys and four girls. Six of whom are still living.
   He died after a lingering illness on January 3rd, 1895 at the age of 85yrs, 3mos, and 8 days, at his home in Vernon township. Rev. C.O. Shirey conducted services at the home after which his remains were interred in the Vernon Cemetery, and thus is numbered with the past another of the few pioneers of the County, who endured the trials and hardships of early settlers, that the blessings of modern civilization might be bequeathed to their prosterity. findagrave link

   GOOD-Edith Good the 17 months old daughter of Clarence Good and wife, died at their residence in this city on July 23rd. The remains were interred in the City Cemetery.
   FIELDS-Mary E. Fields the 10 months old daughter of Jake Fields and wife, died July 28th at the home of its grandparents, Calvin Davis and wife, in this city, and was interred in the City Cemetery on July 29th.
   BANNISTER-Wm. Bannister, age 66 years, died at his home in Scipio on July 29th. Deceased had been afflicted with heart trouble for some time, he was also a veteran of the civil war. Funeral services were conducted in Scipio church Sunday by Rev. Irvine, after which the remains were interred in the Scipio cemetery. H.H. Dowd had charge of the funeral. Second notice same paper in Scipio news- Wm. Bannister a veteran of the Civil War, well known here as "Uncle Billy" died of heart trouble very suddenly Friday night,and was buried here Sunday. Rev. Irvine of North Vernon conducted the funeral. - No findagrave link but here is a link to Scipio Cemetery on this web site.
   POSTAL-An infant two months old, died at the home of A.F. Cotton near Vernon Sunday July 24th, and was shipped by undertaker Dowd to Blufton Ind. for burial.

   Ida M. Black was born in Richland county, Illinois, April 7, 1882, and died at her home in Jennings county, Indiana, August 20, 1906, aged 24 years, 4 months, 23 days. She was united in marriage to Phillip J. Mix, January 1, 1903 since which time they have made their homw with his parents, where loving hearts and hands administered to her during the two years and a half she has been in declining health. Her last illness was only about three weeks duration, the last few days of which she was unconcious of her sufferings. She came to this state with her parents in 1892, and for the past ten years has been a member of Rush Branch M.E. Church. She was a charter member of Rebekka Lodge. Her husband parents and two brothers are left to mourn her departure, while two brothers and two sisters have proceeded her to the better land.
   Ida believed in her Savior and trusted in Him for redemption, publicly acknowledged her dependence upon His love and care, and to all such we can safely say we believe, "all is well." Her patience and kindness toward others in her severe affliction gave evidence that she was a child of God.
   Her funeral occurred Aug. 31st at Rush Branch church, services being conducted by the pastor, the Rev. W.A. Schell. At the grave the Rebecca Lodge read the beautiful ritual for the dead.
   By her devoted Christian life Mrs. Mix has proved that those
"Who trusting in their Lord depart,
Cleansed from sin and pure in heart,
The bliss unmized, the glorious prize,
Shall find with Christ in Paradise."findagrave link

Causes Sudden Death of Mrs. Mary McKibbon
   Mrs. Mary McKibbon who lived with her brother Harry Harmes, just west of the city was found dead in the yard in the rear of the home last Sunday evening about five o'clock, having been stricken with heart failure during a momentary absence from the house. Her daughter, Miss Hazel, a teacher in the Vernon schools had stepped out of the house and was almost overcome when she saw her mother lying on the ground. She at once called for assistance but Mrs. McKibbon was then beyond medical aid. She had not been afflicted with disease in the past and her untimely end was a great shock for her relatives and friends.
   It is thought that the worry and strain over the condition of her brother, Harry Harmes, who suffered hours of exposure as a result of being overcome while in a woods near his home Tuesday brought the attack on Mrs. McKibbon. She had scarcely slept since that time and had worried a great deal.
   The deceased leaves two daughters, Miss Laura and Miss Hazel and two brothers Charles and Harry. The funeral was held Monday afternoon from the Baptist church conducted by Rev. P.O. Duncan from West Lafayette. Burial in the City Cemetery. Those who came to attend the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Reason Sanders of Indianapolis; Bert Rice wife and children of Greenwood; Charles Chrisman and daughter and Miss Faye Smith of Columbus; and Elmos Day and wife of Seymour.
   George Stoops,a timber man, formerly of Brewersville died at his home near Middle Fork on Friday. It was first reported that he had died from poisoning taken because of business reverses which involved a number of citizens around Brewersville, but later this report was corrected and it is claimed that he died of acute kidney trouble, a disease of which he was subject to attacks. He was married about a year ago to Miss Harriet Schwartout of Cherry Park and his wife survives him. His remains were buried at Ebenezer on Saturday.
   Word was received here last Sunday that Frank Eble had died in Denver Col., on Saturday. The body will be sent back and reach Dupont Thursday night and funeral at Graham Baptist Church Friday. Frank was at one time a pupil here in our schools and was well and favorably known. findagrave link

Thank You Donna for sending in this obituary.
Sudden Death
   Elijah Clarkson who for a number of years has made his home with his son, Tip Clarkson, of Hope, died early Sunday morning, Sept. 15.
   Mr. Clarkson was one of the older generation having reached his 78th year last April. He formerly lived in Jennings County but removed to this place years ago. Up until the day before his death, Mr. Clarkson had been attending to his regular work. Some time before daylight Sunday morning his son heard a noise which attracted his attention. Upon going to his fathers room he found the old gentleman suffering from a hemmorage of the lungs and it was not long until the end came.
   The body was removed to the home of his daughter Mrs. Uriah Glick, at whose home the funeral services were held. Thursday morning Sept. 17, at 10 o'clock. The funeral service was preached by Rev. A.H. Allen assisted by Rev. D.C. Meinhert. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery at Enon beside the body of Mrs. Clarkson who was buried three years ago. findagrave link
   Died, at North Vernon, on the 17th September inst., Willougbhy Conner, aged seventy-nine years and six months. The event which caused his death adds the more poignant grief to his family friends, who are bereaved of a fond husband, and endeared father, than if his death could have spared him the excruciating torture and suffering which followed the fatal casualty. Mr. Conner, on the day of the accident, had left North Vernon where he had been visiting his son, to return to his home near Butlerville, traveling upon the Rail Road. He had reached near a curve in the road, and being of defective hearing, did not percieve his danger in time to secure his escape from injury; but by his efforts had so far retreated from the track that only his right arm made contact with the locomotive, by which it was so lacerated and crushed that amputation, as the only means, although with faint hope of prolonging his life, was adopted, and after languishing under his sufferings but a few hours, death came to his relief. The deceased was born in Prince William County, Virginia, and was the son of Rev. Philip Conner, who in 1820 accompanied his son to Jennings County, then almost an unbroken forest, and who was among the earliest pioneers of Methodist Epescopal ministers in this vicinity. This aged and venerable minister of the Gospel was not permitted long to prosecute his religious labors, but was summoned to appear before his Master whom he had faithfully served, to receive his reward. In the review of the past life of the dead, their eulogy does not exclusively belong to those who had attained at an eminance of military, literary or other fame. but that "virtue which exalteth a nation," will forever have its advocates in the humble, the meek and unaspiring, the pious and self sacrifising spirit, which our departed friend may rightfully and eminently claim for memory. Mr. Conner is among his acquaintance, has ever been regarded as a man of piety. The love and spirit of Christ taught by his venerated father had made an early lodgement in his heart, and ever dwelt upon his lips, and characterized his conversation and conduct through life.
   As an ardant and devoted patriot and supporter of our government, no one could have made a greater sacrifice, than that of a father who cheerfully yielded up five sons, to sustain a war which threatened the liberties of his country, which he cherished, and upon whom he had relied as a staff to support him in his feebleness of age. A short time before his death, the writer of this article was present at a conversation between a citizen of Vernon and the deceased, when the citizen congratulated him that he had been enabled to furnish so many of his family for the support of the war and that all had yet escaped death; to which the deceased replied "my children were a gracious gift of the Lord, and I early dedicated them to Him in baptism, and when my country needed their service I felt it my duty to give them up for the preservation of its rights, hoping and expecting the blessings of God upon them and our nation." *.*.B.
Place of burial unknown.


   GOOD - Edith Good the 17 months old daughter of Clarence Good and wife, died at their residence in this city on July 23rd the remains were interred in the City Cemetery.
   FIELDS - Mary E. Fields, the 10 months old daughter of Jake Fields and wife, died July 28th at the home of its grandparents, Calvin Davis Calvin Davis and wife, in this city, and was interred in the city cemetery on July 29th.
   BANNISTER - Wm. Bannister, age 66 years, died at his home in Scipio on July 29th. Deceased had been affected with heart trouble for some time, he was also a veteran of the civil war. Funeral services were conducted in Scipio church Sunday by Rev. Irvine, after which the remains were interred in the Scipio cemetery. H.H. Dowd had charge of the funeral. (a separate notice in the Scipio column of the same paper - Wm. Banister, a veteran of the Civil War, well known here as "Uncle Billy," died of heart trouble very suddenly Friday night, and was buried here Sunday, Rev. Irvine, of North Vernon, conducted the funeral. findagrave link
   POSTAL - An infant, 2 months old, died at the home of A.F. Cotton near Vernon Sunday, July 24th, and was shipped by Undertaker Dowd to Blufton, Ind., for burial. findagrave link.


   We are more or less impressed when a good citizen is removed from the community in which they have long lived. It is like the removal of an old tree, which has graced the yard of the home. The subject of our sketch, Mr. John O. Lattimore, was born in the state of North Carolina, May 14, 1809. Mr. Lattimore, in company of the father and family, removed from that state, and settled on Graham creek, in what is now Lovett township, and just opposite Graham Presbyterian church. The county was then nothing but a wilderness. He was united in marriage with Miss Hannah Stockton in 1832. To them were born seven children, and of these three have passed to the other side of the river. He leaves three daughters and one son to mourn the loss, and surely it is sad in one sense to lose a loving parent, and yet a matter of gladness when fitted to join the redeemed. Then we should not feel sad. We feel that it would be wrong to ask the return of the good brother, who was so eminently fitted for the change. Mr. L. was an eminently kind father, and moved with christian gentleness in the family in ministering to their wants.
   In the early part of his life, with his wife he united with the Graham Presbyterian church.
   He lived many years to honor the Master, by an humble and consistant christian life, for he had passed beyond his fore score years. Very soon after uniting with the church he was made a ruling Elder by the choice of his church. In his official relation to the church he was always a concientious and faithful officer as long as health would permit. When it was possible for him to be present his place was never vacant in the house of God. When he could no longer go, his prayerful longings for God's service would be expressed. He never tired listening to the old songs to which he had listened from his youth. The last service he was ever permitted to attend lingered with him to the day of his death. We are the builders of our own characters. We can make them grand and useful or the opposite. We think that our dear departed brother has left behind him a character well worthy of imitation. It is a grand thing to always be ready for the Master's service and made joyous when the salutation shall be spoken "Well Done," "Enter in," etc. He was the last one of the old members of Graham church. Today he sits with his brothers Revs Daniel and Samuel and Walter, Wm and other members including the old father, John Lattimore.
   We know we shall not see him more in the flesh, but otherwise, if faithful, we shall see him. Be ye also ready when the Master calls.
J.M. McRee findagrave link

   And now another one of the old land-marks of Jennings County is gone. Thomas J. Storey died at the family residence, in this place, on July 16th, 1878, at 5:38 p.m. Aside from his advanced age, his disease was thought to be ulceration of the stomach, and his death which has been steadily approaching for months did not surprise his friends who have painfully watched his steady decline.
   He was born near Mt. Sterling, Montgomery Co. Kentucky, November 20th, 1796. During the war of 1812, at Georgetown, Ky: he enlisted he enlisted in a volunteer company commanded by Capt. Metcalf, and at once went into active military service. He was in the battle fought near the foot of the rapids of the Maumee river, in which Col. Dudly, commanding, was overpowered by the combined British and Indian forces under Proctor and Tecumseh. Out of a regiment of near one thousand as brave men as ever marched from Kentucky, less than one hundred and fifty made good their retreat to a place of safety by a column charge through the lines of the enemy. All the rest were scalped, tomahawked, butchered and burned by the enemy. Subsequent to this he was in all battles and sorties incident to the seige of Fort Meigs, and at the close of the war in the North-West he was honorably discharged. In the summer of 1819 he located in Vernon, and with the exception of a few months residence in Columbus, Ind., this has been his continuous abode, till terminated by death. He was very outspoken in regard to men and public policy but no office seeker. During his long residence here I fail to remember his having ever been a candidate for any office whatever. He had accomplished his destiny to the fullest extent to which the infirmities of the flesh and blood would permit, had lived near twelve years beyond the ordinary term allotted to man, and had reached a period when the earth had few or no charms to mitigate the sufferings of humanity, and so he was kindly taken away. The sentiment-
"No wealth or state I crave;
Give me a healthful frame and mind,
A calm path to the grave"-
was much admired and spoken of by him in the evening of his life. In his last illness his sufferings were intense, but he retained his faculties, in all their clearness, to the last moment, was loth to part from his family and friends, but prepared and willing to die, and with a steadfast heart resigned his spirit to the God who gave it.
Vernon, Ind. July 31st. findagrave link

DIED-Leighter Deputy died last Friday night at ten o'clock at his home in Spencer tp. and was burried Sunday at 11 o'clock at Uniontown, Jackson county. Deceased was 34 years of age and leaves a wife and three children. He suffered for about 3 months prior to his death from a malady which baffled the medical profession of the county. It was a peculiar swelling of the paritod glands in the throat and resembled mumps.findagrave link

DIED-Mrs. Joseph I. Reynolds, died Tuesday and was buried Wednesday at North Vernon cemetery. Funeral from residence at 2 o'clock conducted by Rev. E.L. Dolph.-see below
   OBITUARY.   Almira Abigail Cheever was born near Brewersville, this county, June 8, 1835. She departed this life July 22, 1903. Aged 66 years, 1 month and 13 days.
   She was the oldest of eight children only two of whom are now living, one sister and one brother.
   She was married to Joseph I. Reynolds August 19th 1855. To this union was born six children, four sons and two daughters. Both of her daughters and one son have proceeded the Mother to a better land.
   She united with the M.E. Church at the age of 13 years at Brewersville, Ind., and has always lived a consistant and christian life. She has been a loving and devoted mother companion to her husband and a fond and faithful Mother to her children. She leaves behind her the memory of life well spent and her influence will long be felt in the community.

Obituary-Fern Spaulding infant daughter of John W. Spaulding on Feb. 6, 1903 and died July 10, 1903, aged 5 months and 4 days. During her brief sojourn on earth she seemed to possess the knowledge of knowing each one of the family and by her pleasant smile she became the idol of the family but death claimed her for a better home and we bow to the will of God, who doeth all things well. findagrave link

   Thaddeus Elliott was born in Hamilton county, Ohio, May 15, 1816, in the city of Cincinnati. His father lived there until 1818, when he moved to Dearborn county, this State. When 22 years of age Mr. Elliott moved to this county where he remained until death. He was united in wedlock with Miss Sarah Drake in 1838. To this union was born 8 children, three boys and five girls, of whom seven children and his wife survive him, one daughter having gone before. Mr. Elliott united with the Baptist church at North Vernon Nov. 15, 1886. He departed this life Dec. 22nd, 1889. Brother Elliott was a devoted and kind husband, kind indulgent father to his children, very industrious man almost to a fault, and a man of but few words and his word was as good as his bond. Some years ago his nervous system became so diseased that he could not control the movement of his limbs or body; but he was a patient sufferer. I visited him during his affliction at different times; he bore it all with Christian fortutide; it may be said of him, "He murmured not." I cannot close this sketch without saying a few words in behalf of his faithful companion. She was faithful to the marriage vow she took more than a half century ago. I was present at the marriage. It might be said I saw the first and the last. She was as true to that vow as the magnet is to the polar star; she would sit and hold his hands for hours, all that the arm of flesh could do to stay the suffering, but death came at last and relieved her hand and his trembling body. Death under such circumstances is a blessing. May God bless her in her declining years. findagrave link
In Paris Column
DIED, Dec. 18th, of heart disease, Charlie LeFeber, son of John LeFeber, aged 7 years. Also Charlie Etson, Dec. 23rd, of heart disease, age about 10 years.
In Zenas Column
Died, Dec. 26th, Mrs. Belle Herren, of consumption. Deceased was a daughter of Esq. Samuel O'Conner. Remains were interred in Zenas cemetery.
In general county news section
Died, Dec. 17th, Minnie Ketchum, of Typhoid Fever. She was about sixteen years of age. She leaves a host of friends to mourn her loss; remains interred in the cemetery on Wednesday. Also on the 20th, a child of Mr. Wagner; interred here on Saturday.
E.S. Whitcomb an old and respected citizen of this county, and for many years a prominent and wealthy business man of this city, was missing from his home on Thursday morning, his whereabouts being unknown to anybody. The family becoming alarmed, instituted a search on Thursday and Friday, without finding any trace of him. On Saturday morning the alarm bell was sounded, and a large number of citizens collected together, and several large companies organized to search the wood and fields near the city. The squad under command of Jos. Bay and E.F. Little, found him near a hay stack on Pat Wood's farm, about a half mile west of town. The coroner was summoned and made examined, returning a verdict of death by exposure. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. C.E. Line on Monday afternoon, after which the remains were interred in the Vernon Cemetery.

   George Fecker, died at his home in this city Monday night after an illness of comsumption. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at the Baptist church by Rev. Duncan, after which the remains were interred in the city cemetery. The funeral was under the directions of the I.O.R.M. of which organization he was a member. Mr. Fecker was born March 6, 1884, being 23 years of age; on November 24, 1894 he was married to Miss Nora Adams and to this union one daughter was born, who with a father, one sister, two brothers and a host of friends are left to mourn the loss. During the last few months George was converted and devoted his entire time in proving to all who called on him that Jesus is the light of the world. Friends who were with him every day state he was so very kind and affectionate that it was a pleasure to help bear his burdens. findagrave link
Clara Anna Artz died at her home in Spencer township on December 17, 1907; the remains were interred in the Hayden cemetery. Miss Artz was born on March 9, 1864, being 43 years old. She had been suffering for a number of weeks, but before death relieved her she expressed a wish to be ready to answer the savior's call at any time. She was a member of the German M.E. Church having united at an early age, always being a faithful member. She leaves three sisters and one brother to mourn her departure. findagrave link
Thomas C. Mills, one of the best known men in Geneva township died at the home of his nephew Horace Mills, in that township December 12, 1897error(1907) age 67 years. Mr. Mills lived the life of a batchelor up until a few years ago; he remained on the old homestead, on Sand Creek until his father and mother died, breaking up the home, he then moved to his own home where he lived until his late sickness, when he went to the home of his nephew. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Black of North Vernon at the Scipio M.E. Church after which the remains were interred in the church yard. Mr. Mills was born on September 21, 1840, and was a member of the M.E. Church of Brewersville, having united when a young man, living always by the chruch's teachings. He leaves two brothers, A.H. and John Mills, and two sisters, Mary Emaline Sweet and Louisa M. Richardson and a host of friends to mourn his demise. findagrave link
Tom Wright died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Will Corya and was buried in the Corya burying ground near New Bethel on Chirstmas day. He was an old time resident of our town but had lived the past few years in Sullivan county.


   Sarah Agnes Maupin was born in Edinburg, Indiana, Dec. 31, 1867, and died in Moores Hill, Ind., April 17, 1906. Her age therefore was 38 years 8 months and 28 days. She was one of a family of eight children, two of whom had preceeded her to the Spirit world. Her father was an able minister of the New Testament and an influential member of the old South Eastern Indiana Conferance. He died at Brownsville, Indiana June 27, 1873, and his body was laid to rest at the beautiful cemetery at Liberty, Indiana.
   The widowed mother then removed to the vicinity of Dupont, Indiana, where Sadie and the other children were reared. She and a sister attended Moores Hill College some years since. Her preparation was made for teaching and Sadie taught thirteen years in the public schools. Her popularity and success as a teacher are shown by the fact that her services were in demand and she readily found place to teach.
   When about 10 years old she united with the Hopewell Church of which Rev. George C. Clouds was the pastor. So gently did the Holy Spirit woo her, that she could not name the precise date of her conversion. She, however always took an active part in Church service and in revival season labored and prayed with seekers at the alter.
   At the alter at Hopewell Church two years ago last fall she was led into the light and joy of a definate experience. This was the annointing before her burial.
   Her fight for life was heroic, yet she only desired to live that she might help others, especially her aged and afflicted mother. But grace was given her in which to triumph. She gave all into the Lords hands, and said "Come. Lord Jesus take me." And her prayer was answered, and Jesus came for her.
   It was four o'clock in the morning when final summons came and Sadie Maupin entered into the rest of heaven. She went not out into darkness, for to her it was the break of day-a day that knows no sunset, an abiding sabbath.
   Hers was a bright, though trying, childhood, a maiden life, kept pure and simple by loving trust in Christ, by consecrated effort in teaching children in the public schools, and by devoted helpfulness to her mother and sisters and to the church; a few months sanctified by suffering and sweetened by tender ministries and then heaven.
   It was a solumn hour when, with tears that were not bitter, her farewell, as she gently fell asleep in Jesus. Such a life and such an illness and departure make religious faith an experiance wonderously real things to us. Sadie is not lost but gone before.
   Brief services were held at the house in Moores Hill, in which Drs. Edward, English and Martin took part.
Dashiell was preached at Dupont on April 19.
   The many floral offerings by friend and pupils at Moores Hill, Butlerville and Holton speak of high esteem in which Miss Maupin was held. findagrave link
(This is another one where newspaper and find a grave do not match - death date.)


   William Baxter McClelland, aged 73 years, died Thursday Sept. 29th at his home on High Street.
   Mr. McClelland was born in Lovett township and spent most of his life in the Graham neighborhood. About thirteen years ago he moved to this city and has since been a resident here. When in good health he was an employee of N. V. Lumber Mills. He was a member of the Order of Red Men having been a charter member of the Lovett Lodge.
   Rev. Dillard of the local Baptist church held services at the home Sunday afternoon and the body was then taken to Graham were Rev. Simpson of the Graham church conducted the funeral service and he was buried in the cemetery there.
   He leaves a wife and three children, two sons, George and Frank, and one daughter, Nellie and two grandchildren, Frank Junior and Ralph Vaugn and one brother Morton McClelland of this city. findagravelink (another one with a difference this time name spelling)

   Mrs. Rose E. Perry, aged 72, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Bishop, two and one half miles northwest of town, of heart disease, Saturday.
   A short funeral service was held at the home by Rev. Dillard Monday afternoon. The body was then taken to Crothersville her old home, where she was a member of the church and funeral service and burial at that place.
   One daughter survives her.
   Mrs. David Densford, aged 65, died at her home on O & M Avenue Tuesday morning at 5 o'clock of a complication of diseases.
   The funeral was conducted today (Thursday)at 2 o'clock at the M.E. Church by Rev. Meredith and buried at Hill Crest.
   Deceased has been a resident of this city for eight years. The husband survives her. According to census records her first name is May.)
Card of Thanks - I desire to thank Rev. Meredith, Mr. Dowd, Dr. Grossman and all the neighbors and friends who extended me their sympathy at the time of my loss.
   Word has been received in Indianapolis of the death in her home in Billings Mont., of Mrs. Eliza Vawter Barnett, age ninty-two, a former resident of Indianapolis and niece of Ovid Butler, the founder of Butler College.
   Mrs. Barnett was born in Vernon the daughter of Dr. Levi Todd and Demia Butler Todd, and lived there until she was married to moved David Vawter and moved to Franklin. In 1884 she came to Indianapolis. In 1893 she was married to William Barnett of Franklin who died a short time later. She went to Billings three years ago to live with her granddaughter Mrs. Halleck Brown.
   Besides Mrs. Brown she is survived by a daughter, Mrs. James C. Norris of Indianapolis and two other grandchildren, Mrs. Walter G. Butler of Richmond, and Fredrick D. Norris of Indianapolis. findagrave link


   Sarah McGannon was born near Freedom Church, Jennings Co. Ind. Dec. 24th, 1835, joined the Baptist church when 14 years of age, was married to Mr. George S. Rust, Dec. 29, 1852, and died Dec. 9th, 1876. SISTER RUST removed with her husband to Franklin Ind., soon after their marriage, where they spent five years, the remainder of her life was spent near the home of her childhood. She was the mother of thirteen children ten of whom are living.
   She became a member of the M.E. Church after marriage and continued a faithful member and a consistant christian until her death. The best evidence of this was the fact that her light shown clearest, purest and best in the family circle. The family alter was not neglected in the absence of her husband. Her control over her children was wonderful. She had learned the power of love, kind words and gentle means and knew how to use it. In the various relations of sister wife and mother, she was ever the same, and in the wider relation of a christian woman; she had no "Sunday Face," and "company manners," but was kind to all and at all times alike. Rev. E.L. Dolph when preaching her funeral said, "To know sister Rust was to love her." And he had the opportunity to know her character, for he was her Pastor for five years: Ministers were always welcome in her home. When told that the end was near, she said "I would like to comfort Pa and to raise my little children, but if is the will of the Heavenly Father, I am willing to go." She then called her children to her bedside and gave them a mother's parting blessing. Her last words were "Blessed Jesus." May the mantle of her christian spirit fall upon her children, her wide circle of friends, and her brethern and sisters in the church. E.B. Cadwell findagrave link

NORTH VERNON SUN-March 29, 1928  

   Once again the death angel has visited out midst, taking from us a loving father and grandfather whom we all sadly miss, Z.T.(Zachariah Taylor) Barnes was born October 10, 1848, and departed this life March 24, 1928, age 79 years, 5 months and 14 days. He was united in marriage to Catherine McCammen (McCammon) Nov. 3, 1867, who preceded him in death May 16, 1922. To this union were born two sons Johnnie Barnes who passed on before and Peter Barnes of Westport, and five grandchildren, Mrs. Bertha Miller of near Greensburg, Tayor Barnes and Mrs. Bertha Allee and Carl Barnes of Indianapolis. Also 13 great grandchildren, one sister Mrs. Matilda Myers of near Greensburg, one brother Thomas Barnes of Anderson, and many other relatives and friends.
   He united with the Christian church at Westport April 6, 1924, and remained a faithful christian until death. He was a kind father a good friend and neighbor to everyone and will be sadly missed in his community.
"Gone but not forgotten
Nor will you ever be
You were so kind and loving
Our hearts do long for thee
We will meet you over yonder
Just beyond the golden shore
Where our Savior waits to greet us
And join the hands that's gone before
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NORTH VERNON SUN-July 28, 1931  

    Taps sounded Monday for one of the few remaining G.A.R veterans of the Civil War, when "General" James Feagler aged 87 years died at the home of his daughter on Hoosier street.
    Mr. Feagler first enlisted in the army when just a young lad, being one of the first 75,000 called for by President Lincoln. He was in the 9th Indiana which enlistment was for 90 days.
    As soon as his time had expired, he reenlisted in the 54th Indiana for one year and after mustering out enlisted in the 13th Indiana Cavalry under Capt. Joe Stricker, who was a resident of this city after the war up until the time of his death.
    It was just one day past seventy years from the day Mr. Feagler enlisted that he died. His enlistment in the 13th Cavalry was for three years and he served in this regiment until the end of the war.
    He was appointed Aid-de-Camp to the National Commander of the G.A.R. in 1928 and was very proud of this commission from the national organization.
    Mr. Feagler was born in what was called the Jesse Vawter home about a mile east of the B.& O, trestle and atteneded school in a building that was removed for the B.& O. right of way, near the Wicken's home.
    His reminiscence of boyhood days enabled this paper to give its readers many stories in the past on the early history of this county. His memory was keen up until the day of his death and he loved to discuss the old army days with several of his friends, especially those who had also served in the Civil War, and knew of the hardships that soldiers in that war had to contend with.
    Most of his life was spent in the Deer Creek neighborhood, but for a time, a good many years ago, he conducted a restaurant in a building located where the entrance to the Amusu theater now stands.
    His wife died while they were living near what is now the Walter Downs home and after his wifes death, he with his son, Charles, and sister, Miss Bessie, made their home on the farm at the end of Deer Creek road.
    His son Charles was taken by death several years ago while living on this farm. Most of the time since his sons death, he made his home at Danville, Ill., where he spent the winters at the soldiers home and the summers here at one of the local hotels.
    After his daughter Mrs. Rose King moved to this city he made his home with her, and it was here that he slept away the last of his eighty-seven very active years.
    Funeral services were held at the home on Hoosier Street Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. W.H. Dillard and burial was at the beautiful little Summerfield cemetery, located on the Muscatatuck river, where he spent so many of his days. The funeral services were conducted under the auspices of the Myron Bertman Post No. 91 the American Legion.
    Surviving are the daughter, Mrs. Rose King of this city, and one sister, Miss Bessie Feagler of Indianapolis.
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Long Time Resident of Jennings County Dies
    Absalom King was born at North Vernon, Ind., May 2, 1854, departed this life April 18, 1931, aged 76 years, 11 months and 16 days.
    His parents James and Bessie King were early pioneer residents of Jennings county.
    He was the youngest child in a family of six children all but one, his brother, Richard, have proceeded him to the Great Beyond.
    He was united in marriage to Margaret Jane McCaulou May 31, 1874. To this union were born five sons and two daughters. He was a resident of this community all his life.
    A carpenter by trade his early and active life was spent in giving service in this capacity.
    He united with the North Vernon Christian Church in early manhood and has since been a member of this chruch.
    He was a man of sterling character, a good neighbor, a true friend and a devoted husband and father.
    He leaves to mourn their loss two sons, two daughters and five grandchildren. James King of Louisville, Ky., George and Amy King of this city, and Mrs. R.B. Halstead and children of Zionsville.
    A life not lost with doubts and fears. But a life well spent in deeds and years. findagrave link

NORTH VERNON SUN-January 25, 1935  

    Mr. Jasper Newton Callicott aged 88 years former G.A.R. Commander and well known Civil War Veteran, died at the home of his daughter Mrs. A.H. Spofford, at Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday February 17.
    Mr. Callicott was the son of Riley Callicott and Martha (Mozingo) Callicott, pioneers of Indiana. At the age of fourteen he enlisted in the army and served his country as Fifer-Coumpany G, 137th Indiana Infantry, and Company B, 9th Independent Regiment. He was also a Fife Major of Civil War Veterans.
    He was married to Miss Isabella Woolman, on October 21, 1868. The greater part of his life was spent in Bigger township, but of late years he visited with relatives in the south during the winter months and stayed in this city part of each summer.
    Mr. Callicott was a life long Democrat and his delay in going to the home of his daughter was because of his desire to vote here in the November election. He left for Florida immediately afterward. Shortly after his arrival there he fell and broke his leg, which injury gave him considerable trouble, due to his advanced age.
    Mr. Callicott had acquaintances scattered throughout the United States, having made them at the many conventions he attended. They expressed their great esteem for him by making him G.A.R Commander, which honor he greatly appreciated.
    He is survived by one son Lester N. Callicott, of Clifton, Arizona, two daughters, Mrs. T.L. Cox, of Milwaukee, Wis., and Mrs. A.H. Spofford, of Jacksonville, Fla., eight grandchildren, four great grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Martha Ellen Green of Louisville, Ky.     G.A.R. services were held at the Funeral Home of James Silver in Butlerville, Wednesday morning, conducted by State Commander McClellan of Muncie. Final military honors were given by members of the Spanish American War Veterans and the American Legion at Rush Branch Church and funeral services were conducted by the regular pastor assisted by Mr. Callicott's grandson, Rev. J.H. Cox of Indianapolis, this (Thursday) morning at eleven o'clock, with burial in the Rush Branch cemetery.
    Those who were here for the services were: his son Lester N. Callicott, of Clifton, Arizona; his daughter and husband Mr. & Mrs. L.T. Cox of Milwaukee, Wis.; his daughter Mrs. A.H. Spofford, of Jacksonville, Fla. who accompanied the body here Wednesday, and Mrs. Daisy Mckensie, a niece, of Louisville, Ky. Link to his Biography on this site. findagrave link
AGED RESIDENT DIES     Mr. Joseph Sadler, age 88 years died at his home northeast of this city, Friday night, after a short illness of a few weeks.
    Mr. Sadler was born in Germany and came to this country at the age of sixteen years. He lived in Cincinnati for a short time and came to this county where he had lived ever since. While following the business of farming he also conducted an ice business and slaughter house and was an energetic and active man up until the time of his illness.
    He is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Nora Rettig, of Logansport, Mrs. Barbara Furguson, of Globe, Arizona, Sister Geraldine who is teaching at a school in Chicago, Miss Mary Sadler of New York, one son, Ed Sadler, fifteen grandchildren and one great grandchild.
    Funeral services were held Monday morning at 9 o'clock at the St. Mary's Catholic Church, conducted by Rev. Omer Eiseman with burial in the St. Mary's cemetery.
    Mr. Pat Manley, aged 75 years, died at the home of his adopted daughter, Mrs. Jim Wickens Thursday night after a severe illness.     Mrs. Manley died several years ago. This elderly couple was well known and had a great many friends who admired them both for their kindly nature in spite of illness or adverse circumstances. For some years beore her death Mrs. Manley was almost totally blind but it was always a pleasure to spend the afternoon with her and her husband at their farm home east of this city.
    After her death Mr. Manley went to live with Mr. and Mrs. Wickens at whose home he died.
    He is survived by Mrs. Wickens and one brother, James Manley of Anderson.
    Funeral Services were held Saturday morning at 9 o'clock at the St. Mary's Catholic Church, conducted by Rev. Omer Eiseman with burial in the St. Mary's cemetery.
    Mrs. C.H.(Anna) Hughes, aged 75 years, died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Webster on South State street Thursday night as the result of a paralytic stroke suffered Wednesday, February 6th.
    Mrs. Hughes had come from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ralph Deputy, in Gary on a business trip and was a guest at the Webster home when she became ill.
    She is survived by one daughter Mrs. Opal Deputy, of Gary, one son, Mr. Everett Hughes, of Pueblo, Colorado, and four grandchildren, Miss Helen Hughes, of Indianapolis, Ralph Hughes of Pueblo, Colorado, and Frances and Hugh Deputy of Gary.
    Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Methodist church with Rev. Harry O. Kinner, officiating, and burial in the Vernon cemetery. findagrave link


    Abigail Houghton was born in Kentucky, Dec. 14, 1821, and died at her home near Lovett, Ind., May 8, 1898. She was married to William Thomas September 22, 1842. To them four children were born, one son and three daughters. One daughter, Mrs. Maggie Stoddard, together with five grandchildren and one great grandchild survive her. She had been a invalid for 14 years and within that time had united with the M.E. Church at Centerville, Ind. The pastor H.M. Elwyn, came to her home and performed the right of baptism, thereby acknowledging her full member without probation. Her life was sufficient evidence for her worthy acceptance. She gave very positive testimony of her acceptance of Christ and her highest ambition was to be ready when the Master called. She possessed true womanly traits that endeared her to the hearts of all with whom she associated, her kindness being recognized among a large number of friends. She is gone but not forgotten. During one of her feeble moments a few days before her death, her bedside surrounded by friends, she fixed her eyes on one standing near and asked the writer who it was. When given the name of a kind neighbor, with emotion, she said, "I love her, I love all my neighbors." This illustrates Mrs. Thomas' whole life--one of love, love of God, her family, her friends, her country. Her end was peace. J.S.


    Mr. Herman Foga,was born at Ladersfeld?, Hanover, Germany, March 28, 1834, and died at his home here Feb. 16, 1905. He was married to Mary Wilkening, January 12, 1880; eight children were born to them six of whom still survive him. The funeral services were held at his home Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. by Rev. A.G. Yount of this city; he was a veteran of the civil war, and also a member of I.O.O.F. and G.A.R., of this city, at the time of his death. He was 70 years 11 mo. and 20 days old.
    We hereby express our sincere thanks to our neighbors and friends who kindly sympathized with us in the sad bereavement and loss of our father Herman Foga. We especially thank Odd Fellows and G.A.R. Lodges and Rev. A.G. Yount for consoling words and the beautiful sermon.
The Bereaved Family

    In memory of Mrs. J.T. Reynolds, who departed this life, Jan. 28, 1905. Once again the angel of death has come into our midst and taken from a home mother, the most cherished one of any fireside, for no other can fill her place. She was a sincere christian a devoted wife, a loving mother and friend, and those that knew her best loved her most.
    Her life was a beautiful example and guide for her husband and sons now left to mourn. Her sufferings were great but her faith in him "who doeth all things well" was so great the trials of this life were nothing to her. How sadly the the light footsteps, the gentle voice and the warm clasp of hand will be missed, but most of all in the home where it was sweetest music. The going out of her life was as the murmer of the gentle breeze, or the sun sinking to rest on a quiet summer day, and the spirit of mother is but a sweet flower gathered from earth and transplanted in the garden of Eden.


    And now another of the old landmarks of Jennings county is gone. Thomas J. Story died at the family residence, in this place, on July 16, 1878, at 5:38 p.m. Aside from his advanced age his desease was thought to be ulceration of the stomach, and his death which has been steadily approaching for months did not surprise his friends who have painfully watched his steady decline.
    He was born near Mt. Sterling, Montgomery Co., Kentucky, November 20th 1796. During the war of 1812, at Georgetown, Ky., he enlisted in a volunteer company commanded by Capt. Metcalf, and at once went into active military service. He was in the battle fought near the foot of the rapids of the Maumee river, in which Col. Dudly, commanding was overpowered by the combined British and Indian forces under Proctor and Tecumseh. Out of a regiment of near one thousand as brave men as ever marched from Kentucky, less than one hundred and fifty made good their retreat to a place of safety by a column charge through the lines of the enemy. All the rest were scalped, tomahawked, butchered and burned by the Indians. Subsequent to this he was in all the battles and sorties incident to the seige of Ft. Meigs, and at the close of the war in the North-West he was honerably discharged. (link to Ohio Historical account of Dudley's defeat) In the summer of 1819 he located in Vernon, and with the exception of a few months in Columbus, Ind., this has been his continuous abode, till terminated by death. He was very out-spoken in regard to men and public policy, but no office- seeker. During his long residence here I fail to remember his having been a candidate for any office whatever. He had accomplished his destiny in the fullest extent to which the infirmities of flesh and blood would permit, had lived nearly twelve years beyond the ordinary term allotted to man, and had reached a period when earth has few or no charms to mitigate the sufferings of humanity, and so he was kindly taken away. The sentiment-
"No wealth or state I crave;
Give me a healthful frame and mind,
A calm path to the grave."
was much admired and spoken by him in the evening of his life. In his last illness his sufferings were intense, but he retained his facilities, in all their clearness, the last moment, was loth to part from his family and friends, but prepared and willing to die, and with a steadfast heart resigned his spirit to the God who gave it. S.
Vernon, Ind. July 31st.
Vernon Journal-September 4, 1903  

    The eleven year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hamrick of VanBuren died Tuesday morning and was brought down Wednesday for burial at Freedom cemetery. Death was the result of blood poison. The little fellow accidently shot himself with a flobert rifle and blood poinon set in. findagrave link

    Hallie only son of James Carson and wife formerly of this county but now of Van Buren died Tuesday. The remains were brought down for burial in Graham cemetery and the funeral took place Wednesday. findagrave link

    Parley H. Spencer of Lovett township died last Friday and was buried Saturday in the Green cemetery. Funeral services conducted by Rev. Swarthout. Deceased died from a stroke of paralysis. He was 55 years of age and leaves a wife.

Banner Plain Dealer-December 18, 1898  

    Esther M. Pyle was born in Chester county, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, Nov. 29, 1822. When she was three years of age she moved with her parents to Eastern Ohio, where she remained till she was grown. For a space of three years she resided at Sewickly, Pa., where her parents were engaged in tavern-keeping on a stage line between Pittsburg and Philadelphia. Returning to Easern Ohio she soon after married Joseph Hole, of Clarkson, Columbiana county, O., Nov. 26, 1846. In the fall of 1856 she, with the family, came by steamboat to Madison, Ind., and from there to the vicinity of Butlerville, which has since been her home. She was raised a member of the Friends Church, but 33 years ago this Winter, with her husband she joined the Methodist Church at Butlerville, of which she has ever since been a faithful and consistant member, till God called her to come up higher. She was of a cheerful disposition, a faithful wife, a loving mother and a kind neighbor, beloved by all who knew her. She departed this life Dec. 21st, 1898, aged 76 years and 22 days.
    When the summons came which called her home she was found at her post of duty employed at her daily avocations, in usual good health, but she was ready to answer the call. Her suffering was short and in less than two hours from the time of the summons her spirit had returned to Him who gave it.
    Of a retiring and gentle disposition, she was, nevertheless, a worker in God's cause, always ready to give sympathy and aid wherever needed. She was a regular attendant at devine worship and was always found in her place whenever circumstances would permit. On the Sunday preceeding her release she attended the morning and evening services at the M.E. Church.
    The funeral took place at 1 o;clock p.m., Friday, Dec. 23rd, in the Methodist church at Butlerville, and was attended by a large concourse of relatives and friends. Two of the hymns used at the funeral of her husband were sung: Rock of Ages and Home of the Soul, after which J.L. Shroyer delivered a short discourse, taking for his text the 16th verse of Psalm 115: "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." The burial took place in the Grove cemetery near her old home, where her body was laid to rest beside her husband. She leaves to mourn their loss four daughters, two sons and ten grandchildren. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord." Findagrave link

Vernon Journal-December 28, 1898  

    We note with sincere regrets, the death of Hon. J. M. Wynn, of Geneva township, on Friday, Dec. 23. Mr. Wynn was one of the foremost citizens of the county and was one of its most successful farmers. He represented this county in the Legislature for three terms, with honor and credit to himself and constituants and he was a man whose worth as a citizen the county can ill afford to lose. Findagrave link
    John VanRiper an old and highly respected citizen, of Spencer township, passed to his reward for a life well spent and thus we number with the past another distinguised representative of our best citizenship. Findagrave link Memorial
    Emma Brooks was born in Geneva township, Jennings county, Indiana, 28 years ago, while quite young her mother died. After the death of her mother, Emma lived with her relative Thomas Reid and wife,(Thomas Reid's wife Elizabeth's maiden name was Brooks)of Geneva township, who became a father and mother to her, educating her and looking carefully after her welfare. In January 1894, Emma Brooks was married to William R. Morris at her home in Geneva township after which they went at once to live on the farm of Mr. Morris in Columbia township, near Zenas. One child was born to them a little girl who is now 4 years old. Mr. Morris had not lived with his wife but about one year till her health commenced failing and for four years she was a patient sufferer till death came at 6 o'clock on the morning of December 19th 1898.
    Having been married by Rev. Osborn, by whom she was also taken to the Baptist church and baptized, at her request her funeral was also preached by him.
    In order to go to the safety of Heaven it is not necessary that we should have a lauditory obituary on earth but Mrs. Morris' patient suffering taken with the life she lived more than convinces us that she is resting at home in Heaven. The funeral services were condcted in the Tower Union Baptist church of which she was a member. Pastor Osborn preaching from Revelations, "And God shall wipe away all the tears from their eyes." J.S.M.

North Vernon Republican-February 15, 1905  

Death of an Aged Citizen
    Josephine Story fell into that sleep that knows no waking on this earth at her home near Brewersville February 7, 1905 at the age of 65 years 9 months and 21 days.
    Josephine Jones was born in Jennings county, April 18, 1840; was married to Thomas Story, Nov. 20, 1856. To this union were born nine children two of which preceded her to the better land. A mother, husband, six daughters, one son, twenty one grandchildren and one great grandchild remain to mourn the loss of a devoted and affectionate wife and mother and a patient and loving grandmother. She is at rest, her toils and sorrows are over but the surviving relatives and friends are consoled by the fact that she lived, labored and loved and her efforts were not in vain for today her spirit is with God who gave it and soon the mortal remains will be consigned to the dust from whence it came. She united with the Methodist church when a child and later with the United Brethern church and has ever lived faithful to the teachings of her blessed Lord and Saviour. The funeral services were held at her home Thursday morning conducted by Rev. D.P. McCoy after which the remains were laid to rest in the Keller Cemetery.

    In the death of Mrs. Nancy Patrick Carney, Jennings county loses one of its oldest and most esteemed residents; her church a faithful and loyal member and her children and grand-children a kind and loving mother.
    Mrs. Carney was born September 27, 1821, near Watson, Clark county, Indiana, and was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. William Patrick.
    While attending school when a mere child, the streams often became swollen and as there were no bridges in those days, she was compelled to stay with neighbors until the river subsided.
    On December 18, 1838, she was married and at once came to the farm on Carney's branch, two miles east of Vernon, where the older Carney families had settled, having emigrated from Kentucky at an early date. There being no railroads in Indiana at the time of her marriage the trip from Clark county was made on horseback. Deer and wild cats and other animals of the other large game were common in this county. A few years after Mr. and Mrs. Carney were married the Freedom Baptist church was founded. Both were charter members and active workers in the church as long as their health permitted.
    To Mr. and Mrs. Carney were born 8 children: Mary, Mrs. Joseph Hinchman; Elizabeth, Mrs. James Myers; Sarah, Mrs. Edward Hendricks; Lucy, Mrs. Albert Barnum; and John Carney preceded their mother to the Great Beyond.
    Mrs. Albert Emma Barnum of Butlerville, Thomas B. Carney of Grayford and Henry Carney of Franklin are surviving children.
    Besides these three, there are twenty-three grand-children and fourteen greatgrand-children.
    Mrs. Carney Died January 26, 1905, the cause of her death being pneumonia.
    Capt. Carney McGannon,(Pleasant Carney McGannon) whose funeral occured just a week later at North Vernon, was a nephew of the deceased and had spent part of his boyhood days at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carney.

North Vernon Banner-August 21, 1878  

    Another pioneer of Jennings County has gone to his reward. William W. Graham of Montgomery township, departed this life at his son Ebenezer's in the state of Iowa, on the sixth day of July, 1878. Mr. Graham was born in the state of Virginia, in the year 1793, and immigrated to this county in 1817, and opened the farm now owned by his son William, one-half mile west of Paris. He enlisted in the War of 1812, and was in the Battle of New Orleans. He was honorably discharged in the year 1816, after which he came to this county, where he shared in the privations and hardships with other persons of that day. Father Graham was always a pious and an exemplary man, being a member of the Presbyterian church from early life. He was of a very genial and even tempered nature, making a most agreeable neighbor and citizen. In the year 1873 he sold his farm in this county and went to Iowa to live a while with his son-expecting to return to his old home again, but just on the eve of his starting back he was taken sick and had to yield to the fell destroyer. A Friend and Neighbor findagrave link
    Mr. John H. Lattimore, of Spencer township, died at home on Thursday night last, after an illness of several weeks. Mr. Lattimore was buried on Friday in the family burying ground. findagrave link
    Emma, daughter of the Widow Ennis living near Butlers Switch, fell while swinging on Saturday morning and fractured her skull, from the effects of which she died on Sunday morning following. The deceased was in the tenth year of her age. findagrave link
North Vernon Sun-March 22, 1928  

    Mr. John McCarnan, aged 66 died at his home on Main street Tuesday afternoon March 20, at 2 o'clock.
    Mr. McCarnan for many years has been operating a shoe repair shop on Walnut street, but for several weeks has been confined to his home by illness.
    Funeral services were held Thursday morning at the M.E. church at 10 o'clock and burial at Vernon.
    He leaves a wife and four sons Robert and Fred of Cincinnati, Chas. of Vevay and Glen of this city and two daughters, Mrs Meade Bland of Butlerville, and Mrs. Madge Simpson of North Vernon. findagrave link
    Mrs. Helen Hand a pioneer citizen of Jennings county, aged 84 years and 4 months died at her home at Vernon on last Saturday morning.
    Deceased was a most estimable. She is survived by two brothers, John and Thomas Conboy and Mary Sullivan all of Rush Branch, and one daughter, Mrs. Jefferson Terhune of Carthage. Her husband James Hand, preceeded her in death several years ago. A number of nieces and nephews survive.
    Short funeral services were first held at the residence here at 1 p.m. on Monday afternoon. Then the remains were taken to Rush Branch where funeral services by Rev. W.D. Cole took place from Rush Branch church. Burial in church cemetery there. A large number of relatives and friends were in attendance. findagrave link
    Nathanial Palmer, aged 72, died at his home in Tulsa Oklahoma last Thursday March 18th. The remains were brought to Vernon Saturday. Funeral services were conducted at the Graham Presbyterian church Sunday and burial in the Graham cemetery. Three sisters and a brother survive. findagrave link

Vernon Journal-April 8, 1891  

    Elizabeth Richey Vandergrift was born in Carmel, Columbia county, O., Sept. 30, 1842. Died at her home near Vernon, March 23, 1891. Married George W. Vandergrift, of Pittsburg, Penn., Sept. 12, 1861. Came with her husband in 1864 to Vernon, Ind. United with Freedom Baptist church in 1878. She was a loving companion, a kind mother and an exemplary christian. She leaves a devoted husband, three daughters and six sons to mourn her loss.
    The funeral service was conducted by her pastor, Rev. J.E. McCoy, March 26, 1891. Services in her own beautiful home, from thus she was bourn to her resting place in the Vernon Cemetery.
    Her life was consecrated to the good of all, and her last days were lighted by the sunshine of christian hope.
"Soon shall we all meet again
Meet ne'er to sever;
Soon will peace wreath her chain,
Round us Forever. findagrave link

    Martha J. Mix, was born in Switzerland county, Ind., Nov. 1854, died March 12th, 1891, aged 37 years; was married to William M. West, Jan. 6th 1887. She was a good wife and earnest christian. Her last year was one of suffering. When the last moment came she sweetly sang "God be with you till we meet again." Funeral service conducted by the pastor Ref. J.E. McCoy at the Freedom church, March 14th, 1891. findagrave link
North Vernon Sun-January 12, 1912  

    Louis F. Riechle died at his home on North State street in this city last Sunday evening of a complication of diseases after being ill the greater portion of the last three months. The funeral was held Wednesday morning at St. Mary's church conducted by father Wederin.
    The deceased was born in Vernon Sept. 6, 1854 and when 15 years of age went to Madison and learned the Baker trade. Later he came to North Vernon and worked as a butcher for George Verbarg and later went into business for himself. In 1884-85 he served as city marshal of North Vernon and proved to be one of the best officers the city has ever known. He had also served at different times as chairman of the democratic city committee for the past seventeen years until recently. He was the local representative of the Foss-Schneider Brewing Co.
    Besides his wife he leaves six children. They are Alice, Ella, Margaret, Marie, Francis and John. findagrave link

    Amanda J. Summerfield, wife of Erastus Summerfield, died at her home on Deer Creek Monday morning at 7 o'clock. She had been ill for several weeks and her death was not unexpected. She was 75 years of age. The funeral was held from the residence Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock conducted by Rev. Jann of Vernon. Interment in Summerfield cemetery.

North Vernon Plain Dealer-May 4, 1876  

    On last Saturday about 5 o'clock, John S. Shepherd of Montgomery township, brother of Alex Shepherd, of this place, was thrown from a young horse which he was breaking, and was instantly killed, his neck being broken.
    He was buried on Saturday in the Hopewell cemetery by the Odd Fellows. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Cooper.findagrave link

    Robert Love died at his residence in this place on Thursday the 27th ult., of consumption, and was buried at 4 o'clock p.m., of the following day, in the cemetery north of town. The funeral services were held at the residence of the deceased, by Rev. J.M. McRee. Mr. Love has been a long and patient sufferer with the disease that finally ended in his death.

    Archie F. Clapp, son of T.C. and Nannie Clapp, at Scipio Ind., April 26th, aged one year, two months and twenty days.

North Vernon Sun-January 3, 1894  

Died-Mrs. Marguerite Penniston, at her home on Buckeye street, North Vernon, December 24th, 1893, at one p.m. of pneumonia, aged 79 years, 11 months and 13 days.
    Grandma Penniston, as she was known in latter years, was born at Blackburn, England, on the 11th day of January 1814, (her maiden name being Whalley.) At the age of 18 she was married to George W. Penniston, in the town of Snaith, Yorkshire, England, where they resided until the year 1841, when they came to America, settling at Athens, Ohio. From there they moved to Cincinnati, where they lived until the spring of 1851, when they came to North Vernon, which at that time was a dense forest.
    Grandma Penniston leaves surviving her seven children, four boys and three girls, the youngest of whom has passed middle life, to mourn a mothers loss.     NEIGHBOR

North Vernon Sun-January 26, 1912  

    Charles Ochs, a well known citizen of Vernon township died at his home last Friday morning after an illness lasting over a year. He was 61 years of age and leaves a widow and seven children. The funeral which was a very large one was held from the Vernon Presbyterian church last Sunday. The sermon was preached by Rev. Jahn of the Methodist church of Vernon. The deceased was one of the county's substantial farmers and was known throughout the county. findagrave link

North Vernon Sun-March 24, 1905  

    Last Thursday while returning from Seymour with a load of seed oats, Tunis Carlock turned in his wagon to speak to someone behind him when he fell from the wagon striking his head and shoulders dislocating his neck. Help was called at once and very slowly he was removed to his home it taking several hours, so carefully had he to be handled.
    Medical attention was given Mr. Carlock, but death relieved the sufferer Saturday morning. The remains were laid to rest in the Marion cemetery Sunday. findagrave link

North Vernon Sun-June 21, 1882  

    Mrs. Bridget Davis, whose death occurred in this city on the 6th inst., at 4 o'clock p.m., was born in the villiage of Bellmullet, county Mayo, Ireland on the 21st day of December, 1827.
    She removed to this country with her parents in 1831, settled in Jennings county in 1840, where she resided up to the time of her death.
    She was married to Ebenezer Davis, of this county, in 1843. She lived happily with him for 17 years, when death claimed Mr. Davis and left her in straightened circumstances, with limited means to support a helpless family of seven children. She struggled bravely-as only a true mother can-to raise and educate her little ones, and in after years was richly rewarded by them in being surrounded by the tenderest filial love and kindness which she so deeply merited at their hands.
    She had the supreme happiness of seeing nearly all her children settled in life, when death claimed her as his own.
    Her two oldest Joseph and Celia, (Mrs. Finnerty), live in Paolo, Kansas; three daughters Mrs. McGanley, Mrs. Hollihan and Miss Sarah Davis in Indianapolis, Ind., while John and Emma lived with their mother till her death.
    In her death society sustained a severe loss, her children a kind and affectionate mother, and the community in her vicinity a true and trusted friend.
    She was a tender true and affectionate mother, an exemplary and devoted member of the Catholic church, and may God have mercy on her soul.
We cannot see dear mother now,
For mother she is dead,
Her words in solumn accents fell,
When on her dying bed,
How could it be? It seemed so hard,
We knew no words to say,
We wondered why the living God
Should take her soul away.

Then, could we wish her back again?
Oh, yes, we did tis true.
But now we only ask our God
To know his will to do;
To feel that he who rules the world,
And guards the one at rest,
Will throw His matchless arms around,
And whisper "she is blest."

Vernon Journal-November 13, 1903  

Obituary,     Elizabeth Euler was born near Wetzlar in the Kingdom of Prussia, Germany, April 28th, 1837. She came to America, May 8, 1858 and was married July 17, 1859 to Nickolas Schnadinger in Indianapolis. There they spent a year of their married life. February 22, 1861 they came to Jennings county. The wedlock was blessed with six children, three of whom died in their infancy.
    For forty years Mrs. Schnadinger lived in the homestead on the old state road. Since the death of her husband she has made her home with her children.
    At the age of twelve she joined the Evangeliccal church and ever since was a devoted follower in the footsteps of Christ. She was an exemplary wife, a devoted mother and a kind and helpful neighbor. Her great aim in life seems to have been to serve others. For over thirty years she was an invalid, at times suffering most intensely; yet through it all her faith remained unshaken.
    Mrs. Schnadinger died Sunday afternoon, November 1st, 1903 at the age of 66 yr. 5 mo. 3 days. Two daughters, Mrs. Joseph Grinstead, Mrs. Edward Grinstead, a son, Mr. Henry Schnadinger, three sisters, two brothers and six grand-children are her mourners.
    Her body was taken to its final resting place in Freedom burial ground Tuesday morning at eleven o'clock. Findagrave link

    Mrs. Abner Dobbinsdied at her home in North Vernon Monday of typhoid fever, aged 39 years. Funeral services Tuesday donducted by Rev. Goodloe, Burial in city cemetery. Mrs. Dobbins affliction was very peculiar. About a week ago she was stricken with rheumatism and later on fever began to rise until finally typhoid fever was developed. (our old cemetery listings show an Ida F. Dobbins buried at Hillcrest Cemetery.)

    David J. Riley, died last Saturday night at his home between North Vernon and Oakdale of heart trouble. The funeral was held Sunday by Revs Duncan and Brazelton. Burial in Vawter cemetery. Deceased was 72 years of age.

    Little Bernice Yater died Tuesday morning at her home in North Vernon of black diptheria. She with her parents had been visiting near Reddington, Jackson county and upon returning home last Friday the little girl took sick and soon diptheria in its worst form developed. She was a favorite with all her little playmates and many a tear was dropped by them when the death was announced. The burial took place Tuesday afternoon (Vernon Cemetery). Findagrave link

North Vernon Sun-January 24, 1900  

    Abe Davis died at his home near here last Monday, January and was buried at Otter creek. Funeral services were conducted Rev. Layton at that place. The family has the sympathy of their many friends. Findagrave link
    Daniel Runyan died at his home near Rush Branch las Saturday and was buried at Rush Branch. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Layton. The community blends in sympathy with the family of the departed brother.

Vernon Journal-January 15, 1904  

    At his home in Longmont, Colorado, Jan. 11, 1904, of tuberculosis, Alex D. Giboney, aged 37 years, 2 mo. and 12 days.
    Mr. Giboney was the fourth son of Thomas and Margaret Giboney and was born in Jennings county and spent his early life on his father's farm south of Vernon.
    July 26th, 1887 he was married to Miss Alice C. Barclay and to them were born three children, Jamie, Bessie Margaret and Alexander Jr. The little daughter died in 1892 on the Giboney farm and the infant son, Alex Jr. died near Longmont, Col. March 20, 1903. Mr. Giboney is survived by his widow and eldest son Jamie.
    Mr. Giboney's health began to fail seriously in 1892. He went to Boulder county, Colorado, where he has lived since, except for a brief stay in Oregon during the year 1893.
    He had been a member of the Presbyterian church since his childhood and lived a consistent christian life. He was well and favorably known here and in the home of his adoption, left an enviable record for honesty, integrity and christian citizenship. Findagrave link
Vernon Banner-October 27, 1880  

    Died-in Venon, Ind., Oct. 9, 1880, Dr. Amos Frost, of Thomasville Georgia, aged 63 years.
    Dr. Frost when a young man came from the state of Ohio to Vernon, and was a resident of this place for about ten years. Soon after his arrival here he commenced the publication of a newspaper called "The Experiment."
    In 1844 he was elected Recorder of Jennings county. While holding that office he applied himeself tot he study of medicine and afterward practiced as a physician in this county, and in Seymour, Jackson county.
    In 1873, when impared health impelled him to seek a change of residence he moved to the neighborhood of Thomasville, Georgia.
     About two years ago he had a stroke of parlysis under which he gradually failed in vigor of mind and body until death released him from suffering.
    In August last in company with his wife, he returned to his old home in the hope that a change of scene and climate might be beneficial. For a time he seemed to improve, but the apparent improvement was soon lost, and for the last few weeks his decline was rapit.
    Dr. Frost was a skillful and conscientious physician, an able editor, a good citizen and in its fullest sense a Christian gentleman. For the clearness of his judgement, for the steadfastness of his friendship, and for his unwavering allegience to his convictions of Right, he was remarkable. Self-contained, sensitive, reticent, he won not the praise of the many, but the confidence of the few who could appreciate him.
    He sleeps in the beautiful cemetery at Vernon, by the side of kindred and friends.
    The sympathies of many hearts in Vernon, and elsewhere, are traveling every weary mile with his wfe, now on her lonely journey back to the desolate home in Thomasville.    N

    Departed this life September 21, 1880, Mr. Miles Bundy; age 82 years, 1 month, and 21 days.
    Deceased was a native of North Carolina. He moved to this county in 1816, a was married in 1820. He was a faithful member of the Methodist church at Ebeneezer at the time of his death. He leaves seven children, thirty-two grand-children, five great grand-children, and a large circle of friends to mourn his loss. The Church has lost a faithful member and the family a devoted and loving father. (Headstone and this article dates do not match) findagrave link

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