Obituaries o-c001, Macoupin County IL ©1998-2011



Obituary of Alexander CARRICO, Macoupin County Illinois � 2001 Submitted by: John Sissom

Name of Deceased: CARRICO, Alexander
Name of Newspaper: The Carlinville Democrat, Carlinville, IL
Date of Obituary: September 10, 1874
Obituary: "Mr. Alexander CARRICO, who lived three miles east of town, after returning home from town Friday evening in getting out of his buggy stumbled over a can and fell to the ground striking on his head and breaking his spinal column. He died in a few hours. He was born in 1816." [I can fill in on this line. JDS]

Obituary of Mary B. CARR (BATES), Macoupin County Illinois © 2000 Submitted by: Kenneth R Doty Jr

Name of Deceased: CARR, Mary B.
Name of Newspaper: Macoupin County Enquirer, Weekly, Carlinville, IL
Date of Obituary: October 19, 1887
Obituary: Died, at her residence eight miles northwest of Carlinville, October 7, 1887, of paralysis, Mrs. Mary B CARR, widow of the late Macabas CARR, of Bird township, aged 64 years. Deceased was born in Tennessee, August 14, 1828. She came with her parents, Hampton and Sarah BATES to this state in 1833 who located near Fayette, Greene county, Illinois, afterwards removing to this county, locating 12 miles west of Carlinville, at which she was married to Macabas CARR in 1880. They made their first home in Western Mound township, and like many others endured many hardships and privitations incidental to pioneer life. In 1864 they came to Bird township, near the place of her late residence. She was bereft of her husband about 18 years ago, and since that time she has been the one corner-stone of her family, consisting of six sons and four daughters, three of whom were married before the death of their father- Calvin and Jasper, now residents of Valley Centre, Kansas, and Jennie wife of G. B. LOPER, of Chesterfield, and Oscar, married to Miss. Julia GIBSON - leaving under her direct charge three daughters and four sons, two of whom have since married; Love, now MRS. John DEWS, of Chesterfield, and Oscar, married to Miss Julia GIBSON, now residing near Virden, leaving unmarried two daughters and three sons, at home in care of "mother," over which home that mother presided with womanly dignity and Christian grace. Mother CARR, as she was familiarly known was all to them the term mother could mean, even more a Christian mother, having early in her life chosen "that better part." In her social life she was ever kind and obliging, having won the love and confidence of a large circle of friends. A faithful mother, tenderly loved by all her children, at whose home they often gathered. But a few days before her last sickness they were all once more gathered under the homestead roof, but as there was a reunion so there was a parting. Thus the farewells then given are only to be answered by the greeting on the other shore, where "our mother" holds the light in the window for us. Peaceful be thy silent slumber, Peaceful in the grave so low; Thou no more will join our Thou no more our song shall The family desires to thank the friends who so kindly comforted them during their affliction and death of their (two words unreadable).

Name of Deceased: CARR, Mrs. Mack
Name of Newspaper: Macoupin County Enquirer
Date of Obituary:
12 Oct 1887 
Obituary: HETTICK We were sorry to hear the sad news of the death of Mrs. Mack CARR, of Bird township. We learn that she was taken sick on Tuesday and died on Friday, being unable to speak during her entire sickness. The children have the heartfelt sympathy of the community.

Obituary of Archie L. CARTER, Macoupin County Illinois © 2001 Submitted by: Sue Raffurty McMurry

Name of Deceased: CARTER, Archie L.
Name of Newspaper: Macoupin County Enquirer, Weekly, Carlinville, IL
Date of Obituary: October 6, 1926
Obituary: A. L. CARTER, One of Macoupin's Auctioneers Dies - Passed Away at His Home at Medora, Thursday Night After Lingering Illness. A. L. CARTER of Medora, well known thruout this community, was summoned by death Thursday night (Sept 30) at 12:15 o'clock at his home in Medora. Mr. CARTER was a comparatively young man, being 55 years of age, but for the past several years had been almost a helpless invalid. He leaves surviving, his widow and one son, Carl L. CARTER, also one brother, R. E. CARTER, all of Medora. Funeral services were held from the residence Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Arch CARTER, as he was familiarly known, is a man who will be greatly missed by his friends and as a citizen of Medora where up until the time of his illness he was always a booster for progress and active in all community affairs. He was an auctioneer of exceptional ability and was famous all thru this section of the country. A man of magnetic personality and genial disposition, he made warm friends every place he went. During the late war he raised thousand of dollars for the Red Cross and other organizations thru the power of his eloquence. He also organized and operated the Blue Line Oil Company of Medora. In April 1922 as he was waiting in the station at Medora for the train which was to take him to another town to cry a sale, Mr. CARTER was stricken with paralysis. He partially recovered from this and was able to get around a little, but he never regained the fluency of his speech, and towards the last became very much worse and was completely helpless.

Obituary of Joseph M. CASTEEL, Macoupin County Illinois © 2001-2002 Submitted by: Chris Grove-Surgis and Sue Raffurty McMurry

Name of Deceased: CASTEEL, Joseph M
Name of Newspaper: Daily Enquirer
Date of Obituary:
May 17, 1911
Obituary: Joseph M. CASTEEL of Hettick Came to Macoupin County in 1854 Joseph M. CASTEEL, an old and highly respected citizen of Hettick, departed this life Tuesday at 11:20 p.m., his demise occurring at the family home. He was aged 75 years and 2 months. His wife and seven children, and one brother and one sister survive him, all of whom reside in the Hettick vicinity except one daughter, Mrs. Pashal BROWN, of Carlinville Township. Funeral services will be held at the Hettick Baptist church Thursday at 10 a.m., after which the remains will be taken to Charity church where a short service will be held, interment following in Charity cemetery. Rev. FITZGERALD of White Hall and ENGLAND of Girard will conduct the services. Joseph M. CASTEEL was born in Blount county, Tennessee, March 10, 1825. When his parents migrated to this state and to Macoupin county in 1854 he came with them and they settled on a farm in Bird Township. On April 8, 1859, our subject was married to Miss Minerva A. LASTER and nine children blessed their union, seven of whom, as stated above, survive their father. After his marriage Mr. CASTEEL rented land in this county for awhile and then bought a small farm near Shiloh church in Bird. After two years occupancy of this place, he sold it and purchased the farm near Hettick where he spent most of the remainder of his life, removing a few years ago to Hettick. He was a Baptist, strong in the faith and his political views were embodied in the principles of the Democratic party in the support of which he was earnest and aggressive.

Name of Deceased: CASTEEL, Joseph M.
Name of Newspaper: Macpupin County Enquirer, Weekly, Carlinville, IL
Date of Obituary: MAY 24, 1911, page 10
Obituary: Joseph M. CASTEEL, the subject of this sketch, was born in Blount county, Tenn., March 10, 1836, and departed this life at his home in Hettick May 16, 1911, aged 75 years, 2 months, and 6 days. With his parents he came to Illinois October 1854, and settled in Bird township, Macoupin county, in which place he continued to reside until October 1908, when he removed to the village of Hettick, where the Angel of Death visited him. Father CASTEEL professed faith in Christ in the year 1855, but did not unite with the church until April 1876, when he united with the Charity Baptist church and was baptized by Rev. J. J. BRISTOE. Later he went to the organization of the Oak Grove Baptist church in 1879 as a charter member, and was ordained deacon the same year and he bore one-half of the church's expenses for four years. When the Oak Grove and Giliad churches united, he was received as a deacon where he faithfully served until death. He was united in marriage to Minerva A. LASTER April 8, 1859, and to this union nine children were born, namely: Four sons, Douglas, Robert E., Joseph E., and Samuel J.; and five daughters, Dora JOINER, Jennie VAUGHN, Minnie BROWN, Mollie STULTS, and Lulia A. CASTEEL, and of these two preceded him in death, Douglas of adult age and Lulia A. in her infancy. Father CASTEEL was a kind and loving husband, father and neighbor, was always found doing what good he could, not only to his own immediate relatives, but also to all those about him. He leaves to mourn their loss, his wife, seven children, twenty--three grandchildren, one brother, J. P. CASTEEL and one sister, Martha A. PULLIAM, with a host of other relatives and friends. Their loss is his gain. While a voice has been hushed on earth, heaven has been gladdened by another coming home. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Cary FITZGERALD of White Hall at Hettick and by Rev. Wm. ENGLAND of Girard at Charity church after which he was laid to rest in Charity cemetery, where many generations of his family sleep.A precious one from us is gone A voice is hushed and stilled. A place is vacant in our home That never can be filled.

Name of Deceased: CASTEEL, Joseph M.
Name of Newspaper: Macoupin County Enquirer, Weekly, Carlinville, IL
Date of Obituary: MAY 24, 1911
Obituary: Those from a distance who attended the funeral of Mr. Joseph CASTEEL were Mrs. Martha PULLMAN, Mrs. C. C. COURTNEY, and Mr. Wm PEEBLES of Waverly; Florence MAHONEY of Springfield; Mrs. Adarine BOYD of Carrollton; Mr. and Mrs. Coy ROACH, of Girard; Mr. Burton CASTEEL, of Benton; Mr. and Mrs. C. B. COURTNEY, Mrs. George ARNETT, Mr. Joseph BIRD, Mr. and Mrs. Foss GORE, Mrs. Viola DEEDS, Mrs. Abbie Seaman DEEDS, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh MINTON, Mr. and Mr. Hugh LOVELESS, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin CALHOUN, Mr. and Mrs. Chris BEST, of Carlinville, and Mr. Thos ENOS, of Palmyra.

Obituary of Felix CATALEIN, Macoupin County Illinois © 2002 Submitted by: Chris Grove-Surgis

Name of Deceased: CATALEIN, Felix
Name of Newspaper: Daily Enquirer
Date of Obituary:
July 27, 1911
Obituary: Looked Death in the Face Lost in Darkness of His Room, He Waited for Fuse He Had Lighted to Reach the Powder Felix CATALEIN, a Virden miner, must have had a terrible experience for a few seconds, before death ended his mental agony, Wednesday afternoon. He lighted a fuse to a big charge of powder in the face of the coal in the depths of a mine at Virden; the flash of the fuse blew out his light, and in that instant, all alone and in the inky darkness, with only the burning fuse hissing like a fiery serpent beside him he became confused and lost his sense of direction. He ran for the door of the room, only to bump up against the sides of the cavern, or against the props, and after a minute or so of frantic groping, he realized that the explosion must come before he could possibly escape, and he crouched to the floor, threw his arms up to protect his head and waited for the inevitable. Perhaps it was only a second---perhaps it was several seconds, no one will ever know, for the explosion came and the man was killed, probably instantly. But what thoughts came to him as he crouched there in the silent darkness, knowing what must happen, we can only imagine, and how long every second of waiting seemed to him we can only guess. The accident happened in the Royal Collieries Company mine about 4 p.m., and CATALEIN, who was an Italian about 30 years of age and unmarried, was not missed until about 6 o'clock. Then a searching party went into the workings after him. They found him crouched in the position above described, about fifteen feet from the face of the coal, and quite dead. No coal or slate had fallen on him excepting dust and some small pieces, but the body was badly burned and seared by the explosion and there were bruises about the limbs and a cut on his head which was perhaps made when he ran against a jagged rock protruding from the wall, in his frenzied efforts to get out of the room. He had prepared three shots, and instead of lighting the center one first, as is customary, he lighted, either purposely or accidentally, the lower right hand shot, and it alone went off. Just how it all happened is a matter of guesswork, but the position of the body and blood found on a jagged rock in the wall, together with other circumstances, told the story of his attempt to escape and his despair when he found it impossible, more plainly than words. No one worked in the room with him. Coroner KARNES held an inquest over the remains Thursday morning. The jury went into the mine and to the scene of the accident, and after hearing the evidence of the mine superintendent and night boss, they decided that CATALEIN came to his death from a shot in the face of the coal in his room, fired by himself.

Obituary of Sarah A CHAFFIN, Macoupin County Illinois ©1998 Submitted by: Mary Ann Kaylor

Name of Deceased: CHAFFIN, Sarah A.
Name of Newspaper: Greenfield Argus
Date of Obituary:
June 11, 1909
Obituary: Mrs. Sarah A. CHAFFIN died at her home in Hettick on Tueday of this week, aged seventy- seven years. Funeral services were held in that village yesterday morning at 9 o"clock, her body being brought to this city and interred in the North Cemetery. Mrs. CHAFFIN was a sister to B. U. BASSHAM and was well known to many of this city's residents, as she conducted a dressmaking establishment here for many years back in the 70s and 80s. She had made her home in Hettick for about twenty years, and had been in failing health for some time.


Obituary of John Wesley CHAPMAN, Macoupin County Illinois © 2012 Submitted by Jarid Ott

Name of Deceased: CHAPMAN,
John Wesley
Name of Newspaper: Staunton Star-Times
Date of Obituary:
Thursday 20 Oct 1910 
Obituary: Death of J. W. CHAPMAN
J. W. CHAPMAN passed away at 5 o'clock a.m. Saturday Oct. 15th aged 47 years, 1 mo and 5 days.
His death was caused by typhoid fever and his illness lasted over a period of several weeks.
The funeral was under the auspices of the M. W. A. lodge of this city of which he was a member, at 2 o'clock Monday Oct. 17th. J. W. CHAPMAN was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas CHAPMAN and leaves his father, mother, wife and several children who mourn his death.
He was a man of steriing [sic] worth honest to a degree and hard working man. His friends join the relatives in their bereavement as was shown by the floral tributes bestowed. A large concourse attended the funeral.

More family info from Kathleen Mirabella and Harry Chapman (son of John Wesley Chapman, Jr.): John Wesley CHAPMAN born 16 Sep 1863, died 15 Oct 1910, buried in the new part of Staunton City Cemetery, Section 2, Block 45 Lot 2 His wife Dora Alice GOODPASTURE born 25 Feb 1870 died 19 Apr 1961, buried in Jefferson City MO. Later married Frank KENNER. He died in Jefferson City about 1950. Children: Charles Fredrick born 13 Feb 1887 IL Vera May born ? Hazel Fern born 12 May 1888 Daniel Ray born 9 Aug 1898 David Harrison born 10 Aug 1901 Helen Marie born 5 Jun 1908 John Wesley born 4 Feb 1911

Obituary of Thomas Jefferson CHAPMAN, Macoupin County Illinois © 2006 Submitted by Kim Woodhouse

Name of Deceased: CHAPMAN,
Thomas Jefferson
Name of Newspaper: Staunton Star-Times
Date of Obituary:
February 11, 1926 
Obituary: Staunton Star-Times Vol. 20 No. 31 Thursday February 11, 1926 THOS. J. CHAPMAN DEPARTS THIS LIFE PASSED AWAY FRIDAY MORNING AT HIS HOME HAVING ATTAINED RIPE OLD AGE. Thomas Jefferson CHAPMAN, a life long resident of our community, passed away Friday morning at 5:45 o'clock at his home on Alaska street in our city, having attained the ripe old age of 89 years, 5 months and 5 days. Death was due to senility. Mr. CHAPMAN was a son of Samuel CHAPMAN and his wife and was born north of Staunton on Sept 1, 1836. He spent his entire life in our community and during his active years followed the vocation of a veterinarian. In October, 1857, he was united in marriage with Miss Mary BEST and of their union two sons were born. Both of these have preceded the father in death, one dying in infancy and the other, Wesley, passing away about 15 years ago. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the home of his grandson, Fred CHAPMAN, on South Wood street, Rev. E. L. JAMES officiating. Internment was at the Staunton City cemetery. Those left to cherish the memory of Mr. CHAPMAN are his venerable widow; one sister, Mrs. Sarah RINKER of Columbus, Kan., seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren, besides a host of more distant relatives and friends. Mr. CHAPMAN was a member of the Baptist church. May he rest in peace after his long earthly pilgrimage.

Obituary of Soloman CHAPPEL, Macoupin County Illinois©2006 Chris Grove Surgis

Name of Deceased: CHAPPEL,
Solomon
Name of Newspaper: Daily Enquirer
Date of Obituary:
1-23-1914
Obituary: Solomon CHAPPEL Daily Enquirer 1-23-1914 Solomon CHAPPEL (CHAPELL) was born in Lincolnshire, England, August 31, 1823, and died Jan. 19, 1914. Age 90 years, 4 months and 18 days. He came to Jersey Co. with his parents in 1832. When about 21 years of age he entered a New York school for the deaf, and was there six years, returning to Macoupin Co., where, in 1854, he was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Ann COWPERTHWAITE. To this union was born six children, viz: Robert, of Des Moines, Iowa; Joseph, of Macoupin county, Ill., and Mrs. Nellie MCDOW, of Alton, Ill., the other three children having preceded him in death. And on Feb. 7, 1872, Mrs. CHAPPELL died, leaving several small children. He was again united in marriage to Miss Sarah J. KEITH, Nov. 2, 1872. One child was born to this union, which died in infancy, and on Aug. 14, 1879, his second wife died, after which he remained a widower. For many years past, Mr. CHAPPELL has made his home with his younger son, Joseph CHAPPELL, who spared no efforts to make the home of his old age a pleasant one. Mr. CHAPPELL was baptized and received into the Baptist church at Shaw’s Point, April 11, 1858, and has since lived in that faith, unto his death. He was a good citizen and neighbor, and an affectionate father, and his children rise up to call him blessed. He was one of a large family, all of whom lived to be of ripe old age. One brother, Mr. Israel CHAPPELL, of near Carlinville, who is in his 89th year, still survives him. Those mentioned, with many other relatives and friends, are left of mourn his departure. When but an infant of a few months old. Mr. CHAPPELL was stricken with brain fever, which rendered him deaf, the remainder of his life, though he bore it with great patience. His last illness was of a short duration, which was about one week. All that loving hands could do, to ease and comfort was not spared. Funeral services were held at the home of Joseph CHAPPELL, Wednesday morning, by Rev. O. O. Maxfield, of Plainview, and the remains were taken to the Rural church, northeast of Carlinville, where a large crowd of sorrowing relatives, and friends were awaiting to pay the last tribute of respect to a departed friend and neighbor. The remains were carefully placed in the old church yard to await the resurrection morn.

Obituary of Delilah CHERRY (BRISTOW), Macoupin County Illinois © 2000 Submitted by: Kay Stein

Name of Deceased: CHERRY, Delilah (BRISTOW )
Name of Newspaper: The Carlinville Democrat
, Carlinville, IL
Date of Obituary: June 5, 1879
Obituary: Mrs. Delilah CHERRY, an old resident of Macoupin county, died in Girard Saturday April 29th [1879?] at the residence of Thomas CHERRY, her son. She was born in Tennessee in March 1802; which makes her 77 years old last March. She made a profession of religion when 15 or 16 years old and united with the Cumberland Presbyterian church of which she remained a faithful and devoted member until her death. She was over 60 years a member of the church and a professor of religion. She had lived in Macoupin county almost 50 years -- about half the time near Scottville the rest in Girard. She was a member of this congregation for [31?] years. Funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church Sunday evening at two and a half o'clock. A funeral discourse was delivered by the pastor of her church, founded on I Cor. 15-[55]. Death is swallowed up in victory. The opening services were conducted by Rev. M. V. KITZMILLER of the Baptist church. Grandma CHERRY had many friends which was indicated by the large crowd that attended her funeral. Death came suddenly but he found a willing captive -- one ready to go. Though we mourn for her today we are not without comfort, which was clearly indicated by Bro. FERRIS who had placed on her coffin a symbol of the Holy Bible with this quotation: "Blessed are they who die in the Lord, they shall live again." Gently we laid her remains away in the Girard cemetery saying as we looked up to God all is well. Life and immortality have been brought to light through the gospel. Sacred to her memory is the christian life she lived. Let us profit by her. O. F. BETTIS, Pastor Presbyterian church.

Obituary of Eliza J. CHERRY (HARRIS), Macoupin County Illinois (c) 2011 Submitted by: Kay Stein

Name of Deceased: CHERRY, Eliza J. (HARRIS )
Name of Newspaper: Carlinville Democrat, Vol. XXVIII, No. 8
Date of Obituary: Thursday, September 6, 1883
Obituary: Died, in Carlinville on Saturday, Sept. 1st, 1883, Mrs. Eliza J. CHERRY. Born in Sumner Co., Tennessee, 1824. She was near sixty years of age at her death. Mrs. CHERRY came to Carlinville with her husband Z. M. P. CHERRY, 1852, and has resided here ever since. In 1865 she was left a widow with six young children. Under her arduous efforts to maintain her young family, her health failed resulting in consumption, which slowly sapped away her life. In addition to this she suffered the almost total loss of eyesight, which shut her off from communication with the world, so that through all the last years of her life, she was indeed a lonely sufferer. But though so great a sufferer, she was ever patient and submissive - trusting in the promises of God. She was a consistent Christian for 25 years, and testified in death to the powers of the religion of Christ to sustain and comfort. As a wife and mother she was devoted and self-sacrificing; as a neighbor and friend kind and generous. In her innermost soul she loved truth and honesty, and she practiced them all the days of her life; preferring always to suffer wrong, rather than do wrong. This is no fancy sketch - the writer was her neighbor twenty-five years, and testifies of these things from personal knowledge. As her children and friends stood around her dying bed, she assured them she was not afraid of the dark valley. Truly, "at eventide it was light," for her. Just before she died she opened her eyes suddenly, gazed intently upward and exclaimed, "Glory to God in the highest." These were her last words. A large company of friends gathered at the home on Sunday afternoon to pay respect to her memory. We layed her away under garlands of the flowers she loved so well; and sung over her the songs that comforted her in her life, and came away with the admonition in our ears, "Be ye also ready."
Lift up thine eyes, I'm standing by thee,

Thou loved ones dear;
That I shall not be ever nigh thee;
Oh, do not fear.
I long to tell you of the meeting,
In this bright land;
Of friends who gave me joyous greeting,
And welcome hand.
Oh, dry your eyes and cease your mourning,
That I am free;
The night has passed; now dawns the morning;
Weep not for me.
Virden and Girard papers please copy.

Comments: Eliza was the second wife of Zebulon M. P. CHERRY. His first wife was Minerva J. SOLOMON. Eliza and Zebulon were married 30 December 1848 in Macoupin County, IL (per the Illinois Archives online marriage database).

Obituary of Marshall D. CHERRY, Macoupin County Illinois © 2008 Submitted by: Kay Stein

Name of Deceased: CHERRY, Marshall D.
Name of Newspaper: The Carlinville Democrat
, Carlinville, IL
Date of Obituary: Wednesday, March 22, 1922
Obituary: DIED IN GRANITE CITY
M.D. CHERRY, for a number of years a resident of Carlinville, died suddenly Friday, March 17th, at his home in Granite City. For a number of years Mr. CHERRY followed the occupation of coal miner and afterwards conducted a restaurant on West Main street in Carlinville. About a year ago he moved to Granite City, where he was conducting a billiard hall at the time of his death.  He is survived by his wife and a son, J. E. CHERRY, of this city.
The remains were brought to Carlinville and funeral services were held from the home of the son Sunday afternoon at Interment was in the city cemetery.

Obituary of Thomas Calhoun CHERRY, Macoupin County Illinois © 2008 Submitted by: Kay Stein

Name of Deceased: CHERRY, Thomas Calhoun
Name of Newspaper: Girard Gazette, Macoupin County IL

Date of Obituary: Thursday, May 3, 1894
Obituary: THOMAS CALHOUN CHERRY
Thomas Calhoun CHERRY was born in Oberlin [Overton] county, Tennessee, Oct. 20th, 1822.  When he was seven years old he emigrated with his parents to Macoupin county, Ill., and settled near Scottville.  There he grew to manhood, and on Sept. 29th, 1846, was married to Miss Elizabeth SMITH.  Of this marriage were four children—two sons and two daughters—all of whom, except one son, survive, and are residents of this city.
    Forty years ago, or about eight years after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. CHERRY, with their young family, settled in Girard.  Mr. CHERRY at once identified himself with the interests and development of the town and country.  His energy and integrity of character soon gave him a place in the town council for several years, either as president or councilman.  When the town adopted city government, he was elected the first mayor of the city of Girard.
    For many years he and his son have been the chief live stock dealers of this locality, enjoying the fullest confidence of all.
    On the 21st of March, 1877, Mr. CHERRY began a new life.  It was at this date that he made a public profession of conversion and faith in the Son of God, as his personal Saviour, and united with the Baptist church of this city.  From that time to his last illness he was faithfully devoted to its growth and spiritual development.  In 1880 he was chosen as one of its deacons.  In 1888 he was made the successor of the late deacon, Barnabas BOGGESS, as treasurer of the church.  In all of which he was faithful and efficient.
    For seventeen years Mr. CHERRY has been before the people as a Christian.  They have seen in his daily life the marks of a true disciple.  Now he reaps the reward of a disciple in the Kingdom of his Master.  Through his long and painful illness he endured as seeing Him who is envisable [sic], until on last Friday, April 27th, 1894, at 8 o’clock a.m., in presence of his wife and children and a few friends, he fell “asleep in Jesus,” in the 72d year of his age, esteemed by his neighbors and townsmen, and dearly beloved by his family.
    On Sunday, the 29th inst., at 2 o’clock p.m., services were held in the Baptist church by Revs. DONALDSON, KITZMILLER and WISEMAN, in the presence of a large gathering of the citizens of the city and country, after which his remains were laid to rest in the city cemetery, in the family burying ground, to await the resurrection of the just.   
“Servant of God, well done,
    Rest from thy loved employ;
The battle’s fought, the victory’s won,
    Enter thy Master’s joy.”

Comments: The surviving children of Thomas Calhoun CHERRY and Elizabeth HAYES SMITH were Sarah C., Thomas H. and Mary M.  Son Henry A. predeceased Thomas

Obituary of Thomas Harris CHERRY, Macoupin County Illinois(c) 2010 Submitted by: Kay Stein

Name of Deceased: CHERRY, Thomas Harris
Name of Newspaper: The Carlinville Democrat, Macoupin County IL

Date of Obituary:Wednesday, May 2, 1917, p. 5
Obituary: Girard Banker Dies Thomas Harris CHERRY, vice president of the People's bank of Girard, died at the family residence in that city at 2 o'clock Friday morning. For many years Mr. CHERRY had been identified with the leading agricultural and stock raising interests of this section. For twenty years he had been a member of the city council at Girard, and for the same length of time had served on the board of education.
Mr. CHERRY was born in Pennsylvania in 1854. His father was Thomas C. CHERRY, a wealthy land owner and the first mayor of Girard. He was married there in 1877 and became identified with the bank of which he later became an official in 1902. He is survived by his widow, two daughters, Mrs. George E. TURNER, of Beaumont, Tex., and Adella, at home; two sons, Alfred, of East St. Louis, and Clarence, of Girard.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 from the Baptist church. Interment was in the Girard cemetery. Comments/Corrections: The deceased's mother was Elizabeth H. (SMITH) CHERRY and his surviving wife was Florence Adella (POST) CHERRY. Mrs. George E. TURNER was daughter Elizabeth, and the surviving sons were Thomas Alfred CHERRY and Clarence Smith CHERRY. Daughter Adella later married Lyn C. ROUTHZAHN. The deceased was born in Illinois, not Pennsylvania.

Obituary of Christopher C CLARK, Macoupin County Illinois (c) 1998 Submitted by: Larry Clark

Name of Deceased: CLARK, Christopher C.
Name of Newspaper: The Girard Gazette
Date of Obituary:
October 15, 1908
Obituary: C.C. Clark, for a number of years, third engineer of the coal mine here, died Tuesday after a few weeks illness with typhoid pneumonia. His death was quite a severe shock to his friends and relatives, as until recently he has been in fine health. The funeral services were held Wednesday at 2:30 from the Methodist Church and internment made in Girard Cemetery. The services were attended by the Local Union. The beraved children and wife have the sympathy of the Gazette and community.

Obituary of Mary CLAYTON, Macoupin County Illinois (c) 2002 Submitted by: Marsha L. Ensminger

Name of Deceased: CLAYTON, Mary
Name of Newspaper: Illinois State Journal Register
Date of Obituary:
29 Dec 1960
Obituary: Mrs. Mary CLAYTON of St. Joseph's Home, formerly of Divernon, died at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's Hospital. She was 89 years old. The body is at the Bramley funeral home in Divernon. She leaves two sons, Keorge (sic) of New Orleans, La, and Oscar of San Antonio, Tex, and three nieces.

Obituary of M. S. CLYDE (Dr.), Macoupin County Illinois © 2006 Submitted by Rick Doty

Name of Deceased: CLYDE, Dr. M. S.
Name of Newspaper: Mt.Olive Herald
Date of Obituary:
31 Dec 1892 
Obituary: DIED- On Sunday evening December 25th,1892, of heart disease, Dr. M. S.CLYDE was born in the state of New Hampshire, November 18,1837, and died at his home in Mount Olive, Ill., December 25th,1892, at half past 5 o'clock in the afternoon, at the age of 55 years,1 month and 7 days. While still a boy he lost his dear parents and was soon thereafter obliged to work his own way through life. Since his childhood he has lived in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Vermont and many years in Mount Olive, Ill. He studied medicine at St. Louis, Mo., and was a practicing physician for about 21 years. In the year 1880 he began to publish the Mount Olive Herald, of which he remained the efficient editor to h is death. Dr. CLYDE had been married twice. His first wife was an invalid for eight years; the doctor nursed and tenderly cared for her in her helpless condition, until death released her from her sufferings. After he had moved to Mount Olive he married in the year 1876 his second wife, whose maiden name was Anna ARKEBAUER, but who at that time was a widow with two little daughters. This union, however, was only of a few months duration, as death again entered the household and took away the mother. While dying she tenderly commended the two little daughters to the care of her husband; and Dr. CLYDE has indeed ever since been a true father to them, caring for them and supporting them as only a kind father can do. For the last nine years he has been keeping house with these daughters who were very much attached to him. It was a happy home circle. Each strove with tender zeal to make life's burden of the other as light as possible, and to contribute to the mutual welfare of all. His daughter Sophia has been for some years an efficient assistance to her father in editing the Herald. In his work as editor of the Herald, the Dr. strove earnestly and conscientiously to fulfill his duty to the people, and it was ever his object to further the best interests of his fellow man. He was always progressive, and during his editorial work improved and added to his office fixtures so far as possible, and endeavored to make the work pleasant to the members of his family who assisted him. Dr. CLYDE, though not a member of any church, was a diligent reader and student of the Bible, always having a copy of the sacred volume at his office. When still a child his mother used to teach him on her knees the way to heaven. In all after life he did not forget that pious mother, and her memory ever remained dear to him. Dr. CLYDE had been a man of strong body and vigorous health until about three years ago, when he had a severe attack of rheumatism. He had not of late been ailing seriously, though not in perfect health, until he felt on Christmas morning a sever pain in his chest, which became very troublsome during the day. His physician was called in who after examination said there perhaps was some trouble of the heart; but Dr. CLYDE himself did not think so, and no one thought of any serious danger. Toward evening,however, he suddenly grew worse and before the doctor could be summoned again he had breathed his last. The two remaining daughters mourn the loss of a very dear father, and the community of Mt. Olive an esteemed citizen and friend. The funeral services took place at the residence of Dr. CLYDE December 27th, at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, in the presence of a large number of sympathizing friends and citizens. The services were conducted by Rev. BALCKE, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church at Mount Olive, who read a brief sketch of the life of the departed one and spoke on the words recorded in 2nd Corinthians, 5th chapter and 1st verse:"For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were disolved, we have a building of God, a house not madde with hands, eternal in the heavens." The choir sang some beautiful hymns that the doctor loved to sing with his daughters while yet with them. The remains were interred in the Mt.Olive cemetery, where they rest until the day of resurrection.

Obituary of J. S. COLLINS, MD, Macoupin County Illinois © 2001 Submitted by: Sue Raffurty McMurry

Name of Deceased: COLLINS, J. S., MD
Name of Newspaper: Macoupin County Enquirer, Weekly, Carlinville, IL
Date of Obituary: May 9, 1923
Obituary: Well Known Physician Answers Last Summons - Dr. J. S. COLLINS, One of the Leading Doctors of Carlinville, Died Monday at 3:10 a.m. Dr. J. S. COLLINS who has been in failing health for several years, passed away peacefully at his home in South Broad street at 3:10 a. m., Monday morning, (May 7) aged 66 years, 6 months and 9 days. Dr. COLLINS had resided in Carlinville for many years and was well known all over the county. Before he was broken down in health, he enjoyed a fine practice. He was always of a happy, jovial spirit and had a large circle of friends. He was regarded as one of the most successful physicians in the county and was an active member of the county medical society. The deceased was born on a farm in Green county near Greenfield, and was one of a family of thirteen children. He was a son of the late Walton and Nancy (RUARK) COLLINS. He grew to manhood on the farm and attended the local schools. He had an ambition to complete an education and attended Wesleyan University at Bloomington, from which institution he graduated. He then attended Rush Medical College at Chicago and during his vacations read medical textbooks with Dr. James MILLER of Fayette. He graduated from Rush Medical College in 1879. He located in Chesterfield for the practice of medicine in 1880.

Obituary of Caroline COMER (SELLS), Macoupin County Illinois © 2001 Submitted by: Sue Raffurty McMurry

Name of Deceased: COMER, Caroline (SELLS)
Name of Newspaper: Macoupin County Enquirer, Weekly, Carlinville, IL
Date of Obituary: December 6, 1922
Obituary: A large concourse of old neighbors and friends were assembled at the First Baptist church Thursday afternoon to pay their last respects at the funeral services of Mrs. Caroline SELLS COMER which were held at 1:30 p.m. The pastor, Rev. J. G. LITTLE, officiated and delivered a sermon of much spiritual power, bestowing a benediction on the departed soul and a great consolation on those left to mourn. A quartette, composed of Mrs. S. V. BOATMAN, Miss Pauline HOWARD, Otis J. VAUGHAN and C. L BADGER, with Mrs. O. C. HARTLEY at the organ, sang two hymns, "How Firm a Foundation" and "Some Day We'll Understand" and a solo, "Face to Face" was most feelingly rendered by Mr. VAUGHAN. The floral emblems were many and beautiful. Interment was made in the city cemetery where the body was placed alongside of that of her husband in the family burial lot. The pallbearers and those who cared for the flowers were W. A. CRAGGS, Frank LOVELESS, Henry SCHOENHERR, Watt CRAMER, Claude BATES, Charles ARNETT, Claude WHEELER and Roy BATES.

Obituary of Samuel COMER, Macoupin County Illinois © 2001 Submitted by: Sue Raffurty McMurry

Name of Deceased: COMER, Samuel
Name of Newspaper: The Carlinville Democrat, Carlinville, IL
Date of Obituary: July 14, 1909
Obituary: Funeral of Samuel COMER, Thursday - Large Concourse of Friends Pay Last Tribute of Respect - Was Popular With Every One - Biography:. A brief announcement was made in the last issue of The Democrat of the sudden and unexpected death of Samuel COMER, which occurred at his home in this city on Tuesday evening, July 6th at 4:30 o'clock of heart failure. Samuel COMER was born near Knoxville, Knox County, Tenn., May 9, 1836 and was the son of Aaron B. and Lavina B. COMER, being one of a family of ten children. All have passed away except one sister, Mrs. Samuel LOVELESS, of Carlinville. Deceased came to this state with his parents in 1844 and settled in Bird township, about five miles west of this city, where he lived until 1899 when he moved to Carlinville. He was married on January 28th, 1855 to Caroline Sells BOND, daughter of Michael and Sarah B. SELLS. Eleven children were born of this union, four of whom are living and were present at the funeral. They are: Edmund M. COMER, of Granite City; Robert Lee COMER, Mrs. William WOODS, of Bird township, and Mrs. H. T. BENSON, of Springfield. They with the sorrowing wife and mother are left to mourn his death. At the age of 19, Mr. COMER was converted and joined the Baptist church, and for a time held his membership in the Shiloh Baptist church, afterwards uniting with the Charity church, to which he belonged at the time of his death. He was a consistent Christian man, always working for, and exemplifying by his character, those things which stand for the best in life, honored and respected by all, and giving his just portion for the help and assistance of those who were in need, or who were less fortunate than he. Having been a resident of this vicinity for more than half a century, he was indeed a pioneer, encountering the privations of that early period, which were many and trying, and which places his name among the early and honored home makers of this county. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Brief services were held at the residence, conducted by Rev. D. P. DEADRICK, and the regular services from the Baptist church, which was conducted by Rev. T. M. MARSH of Alton, a life-long friend of the deceased and assisted by Rev. A. H. RHODES. Rev. MARSH referred in a most earnest manner to the life of the deceased, which had been that of a true Christian, who had gone to his reward, for labors well and faithfully done. Music was rendered by a choir composed of Messrs. J. M. BARCUS, L. E. ROSS, Miss Mae HOBLITT and Mrs. Abby SEAMAN DEEDS. They sang most effectively, "Near My God to Thee", "Sometime We'll Understand". Mrs. DEEDS sang as solo that beautiful hymn "Saved by Grace", accompanied by the quartette choir, Mrs. O. C. HARTLEY, was organist. There were many beautiful flowers. The honorary pall bearers were: Robert WHITELEY, Sr., William HOUNSLEY, Joseph BIRD, George W. ARNETT, James P. MOORE and Judge L. P. PEEBLES. The active pall bearers were J. C. BATES, F. M. BATES, T. P. HUGHES, John HOECKER, Manford EDMONOOD and L. C. SNELL. The immediate relatives in attendance at the funeral from out of the city were: Mrs. E. M. COMER, Mr. and Mrs. W. ODRUM, Mrs. Thomas STALLING, Granite City; Mr. and Mrs. Morris COMER, East St. Louis; H. T. BENSON and son, H. F. BENSON, of Springfield and Dr. and Mrs. A. MILLER, of Rockbridge. Also the following friends of the family, Miss Nettie MCCORMICK and Mrs. HAYNES of Springfield and George JONES of Abilene, Kansas. The funeral was one of the largest every held in this city, the church being unable to hold the friends who had assembled to pay the best tribute of respect. Interment was in the city cemetery. a good man has gone to rest. The family has the sympathy of all in their hour of sorrow.

Obituary of Clarissa Ann CORDER (CLEVENGER), Macoupin County Illinois © 1998 Submitted by: Lisa Hunt Rawlings

Name of Deceased: CORDER, Clarrisa Ann (CLEVENGER) 
Name of Newspaper: Girard Gazette
Date of Obituary:
April 3, 1919
Obituary: Clarrisa Ann CORDER was born Oct. 20, 1854 in South Otter on the old home place and departed this life at her home in Nilwood March 26, 1919 at the age of 64 years 5 months and 3 days. She was the daughter of M.B and Polly CLEVENGER, and was united in marriage to James B. CORDER Sept. 21, 1871 to this union was born six children two boys and four girls of which four children survive her namely Benjamin CORDER, Cleve CORDER of Nilwood; Luella MOLEN of North Otter and Gertie HEGGY of Girard. One brother C.N. CLEVENGER of South Otter and one sister Matilda HUFFMAN of California, 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Mrs. CORDER was converted at Buckhanon school house at the age of 16 years and lived a devoted christian all her life until the Lord called her away to receive her reward that was waiting for her. Mrs. CORDER lived only six days from the time of her husbands death and she was a great friend to her many neighbors always ready to help in any thing she could to her husband she was a faithful wife taking care of him in his feeble condition, to her children she was a mother of love. She has gone from among us and we will greatly miss her, our loss is her gain for she has gone where there is no sorrow or pain. Funeral services was held at 11 o'clock Saturday Mar. 25, 1919 at Union Chapel church conducted by Rev. RIGGS and interment made in the Cherry cemetery.


Obituary of James B CORDER, Macoupin County Illinois 22 March 1998 © 1998 Submitted by: Lisa Hunt Rawlings

Name of Deceased: CORDER, James Benjamin
Name of Newspaper: Girard Gazette
Date of Obituary:
March 27, 1919
Obituary: James Benjamin CORDER was born Feb. 22, 1851 in the state of Kentucy (sic) and died at his home in Nilwood March 21, 1919 at the age of 68 years and 27 days. He was united in marriage to Clarrisa Ann CLEVENGER Sept. 21, 1871 to this union was born six children, four girls and two boys. Those who survive him are his wife and Luella MOLEN of North Otter; Ben CORDER of Nilwood, Cleve CORDER of Nilwood; Gertie HEGGY of Girard; one brother Henry of Lawrence Kansas; twelve grandchildren and four great grand children. There was 13 children in Mr. CORDER's father's family and they have all gone to their home above but Henry H. CORDER of Kansas. Mr. CORDER was converted at the old Kinkum (Rinctum) school house in a revival meeting held by Rev. James STAMPER and Rev. SKAGGS in the month of December 1878 and lived to the faith of his convertion (sic) until the father above called him to come home and receive his reward that was waiting for him. Mr. CORDER was known throughout this part of the country as a good neighbor to his many friends always ready to help them that he could. He will be greatly missed by all his neighbors and friends. To his wife he was a true and faithful husband and to his children he was a father of love. Mr. CORDER has been in poor health for about five years but never complaining of his troubles but tried to be cheerful to all. His life's work is finished on this earth and his father has said it is well, he has gone from among us and we will greatly miss him but our loss is his gain for there will be no sorrow as pain in the home he has gained. Funeral services conducted by Elder W.A. RIGGS at Union Baptist Church at 11 a.m. March 23, 1919. Burial was in Cherry Cemetery.

Obituary of  Merida William CORDER, Macoupin County Illinois © 1998 Submitted by: Shawn Corder.

Name of Deceased: CORDER, Merida William
Name of Newspaper: Girard Gazette
Date of Obituary:
April 22, 1915
Obituary: Merida W. CORDER, familiarly known about the square as "Row," died at his home in the east part of this city, Wednesday evening, April 21st. His death being due to heart failure. Mr. CORDER was the eldest son of Joseph and Nellie CORDER, and was born in Hart county, Kentucky, on May 5th, 1844, and lacked only a few days of being 71 years old at the time of his death. At the age of five years, he moved with his parents to Illinois locating in Macoupin county, and resided in North and South Otter townships, west of Girard, where he was engaged in farming. His old papers contained documents that show that he served in various official capacities in those townships. In 1868 he was united in marriage at Greenfield, Illinois., to Miss Mary EBERELE, of Bond county. To this union were born five children, namely, Everett, Luther and Mrs. Viola STONE, of this city and Mrs. Clarissa FLEMMING of Auburn. Another son Jesse, dying in infancy. Besides his wife and children he is survived by three brothers, Henry M. of Lawrence, Kansas and James and John on Nilwood; also two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth TRIMBLE of Pawnee, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Lydia ASHLOCK, of Morrison, Oklahoma. After a number of years on the farm west of this city, Mr. CORDER moved to this city and engaged in the drayage and transfer business, which he conducted for the past twenty-four years, selling out his business last September on account of his failing health. Since his retirement he has been spending his time visiting with old friends, of which he had a great number, having been a resident of the county since 1849 and of this city for twenty-five years, naturally making his acquaintance among the older residents very large, throughout the county. The funeral services were conducted at the residence at 2:30 o'clock, Friday afternoon, by Rev. F.W. CLIFFE, pastor of the Baptist Church, and interment made in the Girard Cemetery. E.W. PARKS had charge of the funeral.

Obituary of Mary CORDER (DOTY), Macoupin County Illinois ©2008 Submitted by: Rick Doty

Name of Deceased: CORDER, Mary
Name of Newspaper: Macoupin County Enquirer
Date of Obituary:
25 Mar 1896 
Obituary: Mrs. Mary CORDER nee DOTY was born in Greene county Nov. 2, 1829, and moved with her parents to Macoupin county in 1838. She was united in marriage to Mathew CORDER in 1851 and they have lived near this place since their marriage. To this union was born two sons and one daughter; one son and the daughter have gone on before her to await her coming. Mrs. Mary CORDER professed faith in the Lord Jesus Christ a number of years ago and joined the M.E. church when that organization had their meetings in the school house south of this village half a mile. She died as a faithful servant on March 17 and was consigned to the silent grave in the joiner cemetery March 19 to await the coming of the Lord. She leaves a husband, one son, many relatives and a host of friends to mourn her departure.

Obituary of Mary Everly CORDER, Macoupin County Illinois © 1998 Submitted by: Shawn Corder.

Name of Deceased: CORDER, Mary Everly
Name of Newspaper: The Girard Gazette
Date of Obituary:
February 2, 1928
Obituary: Mary CORDER was born March 22, 1847 in Clinton County, Illinois. She was left an orphan when a little girl and grew to womanhood in Macoupin county. Her girlhood and young-woman-hood days were spent in the community of Chapman Point. She was united in marriage to M.W. CORDER in 1868 and to this union were given 3 sons and two daughters: The two sons, Everett and Luther survive, Jesse having died at an early age, the daughter, Viola and Clarissa survive and all of the children live in Girard. She leaves two grandsons, Calvin STONE of St. Louis and Eugene STONE of Chicago. Mrs. CORDER was a member of the Baptist Church for over 50 years. Her husband M.W. CORDER preceded her in death by 13 years. She departed this life January 30, 1928 being 80 years, 10 months, and 8 days of age. Mrs. CORDER represented and typified in her religious thinking an living the Old School Theology. To her mind right is always right and wrong is always wrong and there ought not to be any thought of compromise between the two. She delighted in the pungent statements of truth by Rev. William SUNDAY and one of the last hours in her long, active, and useful life was spent in reading on of his recent sermons.

Obituary of Matthew CORDER, Macoupin County Illinois ©2008 Submitted by: Rick Doty

Name of Deceased: CORDER, Mathew
Name of Newspaper: Macoupin County Enquirer
Date of Obituary:
13 Feb 1901 
Obituary: HETTICK Uncle Mathew CORDER died Friday night of grip. He was about 71 years old, and long a resident in this part of Macoupin. Funeral services were held at the residence at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, conducted by Rev. CASTEEL and Uncle Johnny CLEVENGER, after which the remains were taken to the Joiner cemetery and laid to rest beside his companion in life, who had left him a few years back. He leaves F. M. CORDER, the only child living, and other relatives and many friends to mourn his demise.


Obituary of Nancy "Nellie" Ellinder CORDER (PRICE), Macoupin County Illinois © 1998 Submitted by: Shawn Corder.

Name of Deceased: CORDER, Nancy "Nellie" Ellinder (PRICE)
Name of Newspaper: The Pawnee Courier Dispatch
Date of Obituary:
March 24, 1904
Obituary: Nellie PRICE was born in Hart County, Kentucky on June 1st, 1823, and died March 17th, 1904, at the home of her daughter, Nancy TRIMBLE, eight miles southwest of Pawnee. The remains were interred in the Lela cemetery, March 18, at 2 o'clock p.m., Brother ROSS officiating. At the age of 18 she united with the Baptist church, of which she has been a faithful member ever since. At the age of 23 she was married to Joseph CORDER. Her husband was called away 27 years ago. She was the mother of eleven children, seven of whom survived her; three sons in Illinois, one in Kansas; one daughter in Montana, and two daughters in Oklahoma with whom she had made her home for the last ten years. Besides her seven children she leaves 21 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Grandma CORDER, as she was familiarly called, was well known and loved by all in the community. She was a faithful Christian, a loving mother, a true friend and a general favorite. She suffered much during the last few years of her life, but she bore her trials with geat fortitude. Although nearly 81 years of age her mental faculties. She lived a long and useful life and will be sadly missed by her many friends. During the last few days of her illness she often prayed to be taken away; her prayer were answered and she has gone to a brighter world to meet the loved ones gone before. There's a vacant chair by the fireside; There's a vacant place in my heart, But I know there's a brither home in heaven, Where loved ones never part.





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