Orange County Obituaries


McIVER, Martha.
Life of Martha McIver, which started in 1846,ends at 105. This obit was found in the bible of Clarissa Gass Sparks, which is now owned by Richard Moore. Marilyn Baxter Martin

Orange County's, oldest citizen Mrs Martha McIver died Sunday morning at the age of 105 years and 11 months. A native of Tompkinsville, Ky., Mrs. McIver came to Orange County at the age of eighteen on Feb.1, 1865. Most of her life had been spent here and she had been the county's oldest person for seven years.
Funeral services were conducted by elder S. R. Langford,tuesday afternoon from the Ellis Funeral Home. Burial was in Moores Ridge Cemetery.
Mrs McIver was born April 1, 1846, the daughter of william and Priscilla Baxter.She was the last member of her family of eight brothers and sisters, one of whom reached an age in the late nineties. On October 15, 1865 she was married to Benjamin McIver. the marraige was performed by Rev. Chris Cox of French Lick, who also babtized Mrs. McIver. Mr. McIver died in 1900.
The aged Lady had outlived five of her seven children. Surviving her are two sons, Silver, whith whom she made her home at Orleans, and Charles of Indianapolis. Preceeding her death were four sons and one daughter, Willy, Marion, Keneath, Dan and Lillynn, who became Mrs. William Lashbrook. Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren also survive. Contributed by Marilyn Nan Martin

BAXTER, Delta Sparks
In Memoriam: Mrs. Delta J. Baxter, daughter of Edgar Sparks of West Baden,was born Feb. 5,1889, and died March 24,1909. She was the wife of Morton Baxter. To their union was born one child, a bright little boy of eighteen months.
Her remains were laid to rest in the beautiful cemetery at Ames Chapel, Thursday march 26,the funeral being conducted by Rev. D.D.Moore of M.E.Church. Let us not think of her as dead, but that she has entered upon a higher, nobler life. She now knows more that we can fully realize, what life is and that it is not all of life to live nor all of death to die. Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep, from which none other awake to weep. A Friend
Contributed by
Marilyn Nan Martin

WOLF, Peter Senior, Paoli American Eagle (May 9, 1861)
On the 5th of May, 1861, at the residence of Henry Wolf of Orange County, In Stampers Creek Township, Indiana, Peter Wolf, Senior, in the 86th year of his age. Submitted by Tom Agan.

BUSICK, Thomas W., Paoli American Eagle (May 9, 1861)Inquest Notice
Held on the body of Thomas W. Busick, who was found dead in the streets of Orleans, near the residence of John F. Kimbley, on the night of the 6th of May, 1861:

VERDICT - We the Jury find the person now lying here dead to be Thomas W. Busick; that he came to his death from leaden ball or slug, discharged from a Pistol in the hands of Joseph Tucker, and that the said Joseph Tucker is guilty of his death, and that he is guilty of murder in the first degree.
Given under my hand and seal, this 8th day of May, 1861.
JOHN H. STEERS, J.P. (seal), Coroner. Submitted by 
Tom Agan.

LOMAX, Quinton, Paoli American Eagle (August 8, 1861)
Died, at his residence, in this county, on the 5th day of August, 1861, Hon. Quinton Lomax, of nervous debility, in the 55th year of his age. He was born in the State of Tennessee, and emigrated to Indiana in 1815. He filled many Township, County and military offices, and so qualified himself with credit. He was the Senator of the counties of Crawford and Orange - served four sessions faithfully; and the vacancy caused by his death cannot be easily supplied. He was strictly an honest man. He leaves a family and a large circle of friends to mourn their loss. Submitted by Tom Agan.

FAUCETT, Elizabeth, Paoli American Eagle (August 29, 1861)
Died, in this county, on the 20th instant (August 20, 1861), at the residence of her husband, of enlargement of the heart, Mrs. Elizabeth, consort of Mr. George Faucett, in the 79th year of her age. She was a native of Orange County, North Carolina, and emigrated to Indiana, and settled in this county, in 1831. They lived together for 54 years and raised a family of twelve children. She was a kind and affectionate wife and mother. she has left a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn their loss.

Paoli American Eagle (September 5, 1861) Basket Meeting
There will be a basket metting held at Nelson's Chapel, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7th and 8th.
The funeral Sermon of Mrs. Faucett, late consort of Mr. George Faucett, will be preached, if no preventing Providence, at Nelson's Chapel, Sunday, at 10 1/2 o'clock, Sept 8th, 1861. Submitted by Tom Agan.

McPHERSON, Mary, Paoli American Eagle (August 29, 1861)
Died of abscess of the lungs, in Lawrence County, Illinois, August 16, 1861, Mrs. Mary, wife of Thomas McPherson. Sister McPherson was born April 11th, 1832, in Orange County, Indiana; was married to Thomas McPherson, September 26, 1851. Sister McPherson with her husband joined the M. E. Church about six months before her death, of which she lived a consistent member until her death. She rest from her labors. She leaves a husband and five children to mourn their loss, which is her eternal gain. Submitted by Tom Agan.

EAGLEY, Francis Albert, Paoli American Eagle (May 15, 1862)
[We find the following obituary notice on the death of the mother of John C. Albert, in the Monroe (Wisconsin) Sentinel of April 30th]
In this village, at the house of her son-in-law, T. H. Eston, Esq., on Tuesday evening, April 23d, Mrs. Francis Eagley.
Mrs. Eagley was born Feb 22d, 1782 in Lancaster County, Pa. She was twice married and twice a widow. At the death of her first husband, Mr. Peter Albert, to who she was married in her 16th year and who died in 1820, the care of twelve children were thrown on her hands, the youngest of whom was Mrs. Eston, then 5 years old. She was a faithful christian mother. She was again married in 1835 to Mr. Jacob Eagley, with whom she lived until 1853, when she became a widow the second time.
Mrs. Eagley was a christian indeed. She had a christian parentage and was reared in the fear of God. She could not refer to the period when she was a stranger to the love of God, so early was she made acquainted with Divine Grace. Her death was a wonderful instance of christian triumph. A few days ago she became satisfied that her earthly pilgrimage was about to close, the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper was dispensed to her at her request. The same afternoon she bid a final adieu to her children and grand-children, calling them to her bedside, exhorting them to a faithful discharge of their several duties; shaking hands and kissing them for the last time. She left messages of love for those that were at a distance. She took an affectionate leave of the neighbors who were present at the time, speaking to them of the love of God. She lingered a few days after this event and then died in peace. Submitted by Tom Agan.

COMINGORE, Sarah E., Paoli American Eagle (June 12, 1862)
In this place on Tuesday night, May 27, after two days sickness of Scarlet Fever, Mrs. Sarah E., consort of David O. Comingore, aged 20 years, 2 months and 11 days. She was an affectionate wife and indulgent mother. She left two little ones only to follow her in a few days. She had left many relatives and friends to mourn their loss.

Died in this place at half past 10 o'clock, on Wednesday morning, June 3d, after on weeks illness of Scarlet Fever, Annie M. Comingore, aged 3 years, 2 months and 7 days. She was an unusually sprightly child of her age - kind and affectionate; it was hard for her friends to give her up.

Died in this place on Tuesday night, June 10th, after 19 days illness of Scarlet Fever, Eddie Comingore, aged 10 months and 7 days.

Truly, this has been a severe affliction - the whole family, except the father, taken off in the short space of two weeks.

[Sarah was the daughter-in-law of Henry Comingore, the owner of the Paoli American Eagle] Submitted by Tom Agan.

NICHOLS, Thomas, Paoli American Eagle (June 19, 1862, 1862)
Died, near Payson, Illinois, on the 12th of April, 1862, of heart dropsy, Mr. Thomas Nichols, in the 62d year of his age.
Mr. Nichols was an old citizen of this county - he moved to Illinois several years ago. He was an honest and upright man. Submitted by Tom Agan.

ALBERT, John C. Jr., Paoli American Eagle (August 6, 1863)
Killed, in the attack upon Fort Wagner, near Charleston, on the 18th ult. (July 18, 1863), Capt. John C. Albert, Jr. son of Mr. J. C. Albert of this place was killed. Some three years ago he left home and went to Ohio, and when the rebellion broke out he volunteered in the three months service and was sent to Virginia. When his time was out, he returned to his home in Ohio, where he assisted in raising a company and was elected 2nd Lieutenant. Last fall his regiment, the 67th Ohio, was sent round to South Carolina. A short time ago he was promoted to Captaincy of his company. He was much respected and beloved by his comrades. Submitted by Tom Agan.

ALBERT, James M., Paoli American Eagle (October 19, 1865)
Died, in this place on the 12th instant (October 12, 1865) of comsumption, Mr. James M. Albert, aged 21 years, 7 months and 2 days, son of John C. and Ellen E. Albert. He leaves a wife and many relatives to mourn his death. Submitted by Tom Agan.

POLSON, Amanda Lindley, Paoli American Eagle (December 14, 1865)
Died in this place on the 8th instance (December 8, 1865), at the residence of her father, Mrs. Amanda, consort of Mr. C. W. Polson. She leaves a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her early demise. (See obit of Jonathan Lindley below). Submitted by Tom Agan.

LINDLEY, Jonathan, Paoli American Eagle (December 14, 1865)
Died, on Saturday evening, 9th instance(December 9, 1865), Mr. Jonathan Lindley died very suddenly. Mr. Lindley had been complaining all fall, but was able to be up and about. On Saturday he was about as usual. A little after six in the evening he was suddenly struck with death and died in a few minutes.
On Sunday evening a double funeral, accompanied by a large concourse of relatives and friend, took place and the Father and Daughter were consigned at the same time to their last resting place. Submitted by Tom Agan.

SPEER, Laura R., Orleans Progress (March 23, 1899) Obituary
Mrs. W. H. Speer died at the family home in Northeast township on last Monday (March 20, 1899) of pneumonia fever. Shw was sick only a short time when death came. She was a christian woman, and a member of the Methodist Church. The funeral was conducted in this city yesterday afternoon, and the remains were interred in the I. O. O. F. cemetery. The PROGRESS expresses sympathy to the bereaved ones. Submitted by Tom Agan.

CARR, Reed, Orleans Progress (March 23, 1899) Obituary
Reed Carr died last Tuesday morning just before the noon hour, at the home of his father, Harvey Carr, in Leipsic, Northeast township. About eighteen months ago he contracted lagrippe, and it settled on his lungs and later turned into consumption, which disease caused his death. Reed was a very bright and promising young man - one of the most promising in Orange County, and his sad demise will be mourned by everyone who knew him. He was Principal of the Orleans Schools a few years ago, and while here made many lasting friends. He was twenty-nine years, three months and twenty-eight days old, a christian gentleman, and a mason, and his funeral was conducted with Masonic homors, he being a worthy member of Orleans lodge. He leaves a father, mother, two sisters and two brothers, besides numberless friends to mourn his demise. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. U. G. Sutherlin at Liberty Church on yesterday afternoon, and the remains were interred in Liberty cemetery. Submitted by Tom Agan.

McCART, Matilda A., Orleans Progress (March 30, 1899) Obituary
Matilda A. McCart, youngest daughter of James A. and Nancy McCart, died of consumption, at the family home in this city, at 3:45 o'clock, Monday morning, March 27, 1899, aged thirty-two years, one month and twenty four days.She had been a sufferer from consumption for about two years, but was not compelled to take her bed until about two months ago. She suffered much byt in the end passed away peacefully as though sleeping. She was a member of the Christian church, having joined that congregation about eighteen years ago. She was a Christian, a young lady who had many warm friends, and an obedient and faithful daughter. She leaves a mother, sister and two brothers. The funeral services were conducted at the Christian Church by Eld. T. J. Scully, at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, and the remains were interred in the Orleans cemetery. T the bereaved one the PROGRESS extends cincere sympathy. Submitted by Tom Agan.

COULTER, William, Orleans Progress (April 13, 1899) Obituary
William Coulter died at his residence yesterday morning at 9:25 o'clock of consumption. He had been sick about twelve months and had been confined to his room nearly all that time. He was an old soldier and drew a pension for total blindness, $72 per month. He was not very well known here having been sick nearly all the time he has lived here, bit those who knew him speak of him as a good citizen. He leaves a wife and daughter who have the sympathy of the entire community. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon. Submitted by Tom Agan.

ELLIOTT, Reed, Orleans Progress (April 13, 1899) Obituary
Reed Elliott, son of Ephriam Elliott, died at the home of his father, east of Orleans, last Friday morning, of consumption, aged nearly twenty-six years. He had been affected with consumption for several years, but was able to attend to business until about six weeks ago, and was confined to his bed about one month before death. Reed was a young man with many friends, and was an industrious and honorable gentleman. Besides his parent, brother and other relatives, he leaves a host of warm friends to mourn his loss. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Denny, at Liberty on Sunday, and the remains were interred in the cemetery at that place. Submitted by Tom Agan.

MAGNER, Norman Carl, Orleans Progress (April 20, 1899) Obituary
Norman Carl Magner, son of Leonidas and Belle Magner, died yesterday morning at 7 o'clock of typhoid fever and a complication of other diseases. He was sick fifty-five days when death relieved him of his sufferings and for many days previous to the end, his life hung on the most slender thread. Many times the family and friends watched by the bedside thinking the end was near, and then there would come a ray of hope for his recovery to gladden the hearts of the family to be dashed aside in a few hours. The physicians say death came two hours before he ceased breathing, respiration being mechanical.
Norman was born Oct. 16, 1881, and was therefore, aged 17 years, 6 months and 3 days. He was a good boy, intelligent, industrious and obedient to his parents, and was loved by his friends and associates as a brother. By his death he leaves a devoted father, mother, sister and numberless friends to mourn their loss. In their sad bereavement the PROGRESS extends its sincere sympathy. The funeral services were conducted at the family home this afternoon at three o'clock, Rev. D. W. Denny, officiating, and the remains laid in their last resting place in the I.O.O.F. cemetery. Submitted by Tom Agan.

BURGESS, Margaret Moore, Orleans Progress (April 20, 1899) Obituary
Mrs. Jesse Burgess died last Friday morning of heart failure, after giving having given birth to a child, and the mother and child were buried in the same casket, at the Liberty cemetery, on Sunday. Mrs. Burgess was a sister of James Moore of this city, as was a good, Christian woman, a dutiful wife and mother. She was forty one years of age and had been subject to heart disease previous to her last illness. By her death she leaves a husband and three children, who have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement. Submitted by Tom Agan.

CHAILLAUX, Emma Davis, Orleans Progress (April 20, 1899) Obituary
With reference to the death of Mrs. James Chaillaux, we copy the following from the Paoli Republican:
"We are pained to chronicle the death of so good a woman as Mrs. Emma Davis Chaillaux. of Northwest township. The funeral was held at Bethel on Wednesday of last week. Deceased was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Davis and sister to Rev. Frank W. Davis, the well known Methodist preacher, and was born at the old homestead nearly thirty-three years ago. At the early age of eleven she was happily converted and united with the M. E. Church and lived a true, earnest, Christian life, an example and benediction to all with whom she came in contact. She leaves a husband and five children, the youngest only nine months old, and a host of relatives and friends who will keenly feel their sad loss." Submitted by Tom Agan.

LEATHERMAN, Daniel, Orleans Progress (June 1, 1899) Obituary
Daniel Leatherman died Wednesday afternoon, May 31, 1899, at four o'clock, of congestion of the lungs and heart disease. He had been sick from the attack which caused his death, three weeks and two days, bit for several years past he had been a sufferer from heart disease and rheumatism, but was always able to sit up and walk around the house. In fact, never since he was married, forty-eight years ago, has he been so sick but that he could get out of his bed unassisted, until his last illness.
He was born March 31, 1819, and was, therefore, eighty years and two months old. He was the father of ten children, five girls and five boys, six of whom, three boys and three girls, survive him, also a loving wife. Uncle Daniel, as he was known to all, was a good man, a kind husband and father. He will be missed in the family circle and among his friends in general, and to the family and all bereaved ones, the PROGRESS extends its profound sympathy. The funeral services will be held at Liberty church tomorrow (Friday) morning at 11 o'clock, and the remains laid away in their final resting place in the beautiful Liberty cemetery thereafter. Peace to his ashes. Submitted by Tom Agan.

BROWN, John T., Orleans Progress (July 13, 1899) News Article
John T. Brown, a citizen of Paoli, was struck and killed by train No. 26, on the Branch road, two miles south of town, last Saturday evening at about 9:50 o'clock. Brown was a quiet and inoffensive fellow, and leaves a wife [Mary A. Hudelson], mother and two brothers to mourn his untimely end. He had been married about six months, but recently he and his wife parted, the latter returning to her father's home [Cyrus Hudelson].
In former years Brown drank heavily, but for the past two years he had drank nothing, until about two weeks ago he again took to drinking. He was here several days, and later went up into the gas belt, but constant drinking soon took all the money he had. Money was sent him to buy a ticket home, but he used it for whiskey. Brown arrived here last Saturday morning, and that night he started to walk home. While here he started to walk home, "so," as he said, "I can get home after night." He had laid down besides the track with his head on the rail, and was struck by the pilot. The head was crushed, and he was killed instantly.
The remains were brought to Ochs' undertaking establishment and prepared for burial. On Sunday morning the remains were taken to Paoli for interment. Conductor Price was in charge of the train at the time of the accident, but no fault can be attached to the train crew. Submitted by Tom Agan.

GILLIATT, Jemima,The Paoli Weekly News (November 8, 1882)
In memory of Jemima Gilliatt, wife of Nathan P. Gilliatt, died Sept. 15, 1882 of typhoid fever and consumption.
Mrs. Gilliatt was 34 years of age and had joined the Christian church about four weeks previous to her death, but she had told her husband and brothers and sisters some two years ago that she was converted, that she felt that she had passed from death to life; and that she had nothing to live for in this world but her husband and children. She was confined to bed some three weeks and bore her suffering with much patience. She was kind and obliging to all; her friends were many and her enemies few. She leaves a husband, seven children, four brothers, three sisters and many friends to mourn her loss, but we would say to the consolation of those, that we should not mourn as those that have no hope. She has left evidence that she has gone to a better world than this. Though the old home looks lonesome without Jemima, and that we can never see her face again and hear her kind and gentle voice, we should be glad to know that she is in a better world, where she will suffer no more, where sickness, sorrow, pain nor death are felt and feared no more.
Sept. 16, after service by Rev. Jonathan McBride and Eld. Geo. T. Mayfield, she was buried at the old Baptist Church, a large concourse of friends following her to the grave, where she rests in the sleep of death till summoned from death in the resurrection.
And, now we would say to husband, children and relatives, although Jemima can not come to us, but you may all, by the Grace of God, go to her. Submitted by Tom Agan.

ROBBINS, David, The Paoli Weekly News (January 20, 1884) In Memorium
David Robbins, the subject of this memoir, was born in the State of Pennsylvania, August 29, 1812, died January 8, 1884, at ten o'clock p.m., and was buried at Ames Chapel Jan 10, 1884. The funeral services were conducted by Revs. S. L. Culmer and S. Hicks. He moved with his parents, Nathaniel and Elizabeth Robbins, to Orange County, Indiana, when but a small boy, and he has resided in Orange County ever since, a period of about sixty years. One sister, Mrs. Mary Wininger, of French Lick and one brother, John Robbins of Cassville, Mo., survive him. How the old landmarks are passing away!
He was married to Arrianna Gillum, daughter of John and Susannah Gillum, Jan. 23d, 1835. He was the father of seven children, five of whom are still living. He joined the M. E. Church about the year 1861, and was happily converted soon after.
He had been in poor health much of the time for a number of years, suffering all the untold horrors of Epilepsy. He was unusually well during a week or so, some six weeks before his decease, and visited some of the neighbors, his sister Mary and on Sunday, Dec. 9, was taken to Orangeville to visit his daughter and family, Mrs. Lizzie Hicks. While there reaction set in and followed this period of activity. He gradually sank to his bed never more to rise. He bore all his afflictions with true Christian fortitude. A few days before his death he expressed a willingness to die.
For two days before he die he seemed quite unconscious of all around him, sank very rapidly till he quietly passed over as one falling asleep in Jesus. Submitted by Tom Agan.

MAHAN, Mary, The Paoli Weekly News (June 9, 1886)
Mary Mahan was born Nov. 19, 1817, and departed this life at her home, four miles east of Paoli, Orange County, Ind. May 10, 1886; aged 68 years, six months and three days.
She was the daughter of Michael and Sarah Mavity. Her father was a native of Virginia, and her mother of Shelby County, Kentucky. They immigrated to Orange County, Ind., in 1820, when the subject of this obituary was only two years old.
The deceased was married to Thomas Mahan, June 7, 1838. For more than forty years she shared his joys and sorrows, and in his last sickness, for three long years, with anxions [sic] and sympathetic care, attended at his bedside.
She became a member of the Church of Christ about forty-three years ago, lived a pious life, and died in the faith of Jesus.
She leaves eight children, five sons and three daughters to mourn their loss. But they need not mourn as those who have no hope. If they but follow her example they may one day meet in an unbroken family where death can no more severe and sorrow never comes.
To the daughter who had so lovingly and faithfully attended her during her long illness she said in her dying hours,"Sallie you will soon be left alone." Alone! the word falls like lead upon the heart and leaves it crushed and bleeding. But there is a Balm for the wounded heart. God be praised for the sweet Hope that soothes our pain with its healing ointment and points us to the blessed home where we will never be left alone; but with the redeemed of all ages will praise and adore our loving Heavenly Father forever more.
The maternal care for her family, the helping hand in sickness or distress and the model christian life which she lived, has given aunt Mary the grandest encomium ever conferred upon woman; "She has done what she could."
Her last words were, "O, blessed Jesus, take me to thyself and make my bed as soft as downy pillows - The Lord's Will". Submitted by Tom Agan.

HAZLEWOOD, Lee, The Paoli Weekly News (October 1, 1887)
Dr. Lee Hazlewood, one among the oldest and most esteemed citizens of Orange County, died at his home in Valeene last Monday morning (September 26, 1887), aged 69 years.
The deceased had been thrice married. He was married to his first wife, Miss Chambers of Chambersburg, in 1844. After her death he was married to Miss Harmin of Valeene, and was subsequently married to Miss Sloan, of English.
Dr. Hazlewood commenced the practice of medicine at Salem, but after a short time removed to Valeene, where he remained until his death, about 47 years. He was one among the oldest as well as most successful practitioners in Southern Indiana, and his practice extended for many miles throughout several counties. The was proprietor of the Hazlewood Sulphur Springs at English, and owned considerable real estate.
The deceased was a genial, clever gentleman and had many warm personal friends. He was a kind, indulgent father and a loving husband.
His remains were interred in the Paoli cemetery last Tuesday, under the auspices of the Paoli, English and Marengo Masonic Lodges. Notwithstanding the very inclement weather the funeral was largely attended. Submitted by Tom Agan.

OSBORN, Abraham L., The Paoli Weekly News (July 30, 1887)
Abraham L. Osborn died of consumption at his home in this place on Friday morning (July 22, 1887) of last week, aged 40 years. For several years past he had been in poor health and a considerable portion of the time had been confined to his bed. But he bore his affliction with the christian fortitude that was a characteristic of his nature. He was an honest, upright citizen and was held in the highest esteem by all who knew him. He leaves a wife and two small children, who have the sympathy of the community un their bereavement. On Saturday his remains were interred in the Newberry cemetery. Submitted by Tom Agan.

TARR, John M., The Paoli Weekly News (July 30, 1887)
John M. Tarr, an aged and highly respected citizen, died at his home in Greenfield Township, last Tuesday (July 26, 1887).
The deaceased was one among the oldest citizens of Orange County and will be greatly missed in the community in which he lived.
His remains were interred at the Rock Springs Cemetery on Wednesday. Submitted by Tom Agan.

INMAN, Ezekial, The Paoli Weekly News (September 3, 1887)
Ezekial Inman, a highly respected citizen of Northeast township, died at his home near Lancaster last Monday (August 29, 1887). The cause of his death was thought to be a congestive chill. He seemed in good health on Sunday night, but was found by his son Monday morning in an unconscious condition, from which he never recovered. His remains were interred at Liberty last Tuesday. Submitted by Tom Agan.