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Obituary of William E. SMOTHERS, Macoupin County Illinois ©2002 Chris Grove-Surgis

Name of Deceased: SMOTHERS, William E. 
Name of Newspaper: Daily Enquirer, Carlinville, IL 
Date of Obituary:
July 29, 1911 
Obituary: William E. SMOTHERS, one of Virden's oldest residents, died Thursday night at his home on North church street in that city, after an illness of almost two year's duration. He first suffered a paralytic stroke, from which he partially recovered, but left him in a weakened condition that he could not overcome. A few days (days) ago he suffered another attack which left him in a critical condition to the end. He was aged 63 years. Deceased leaves besides his widow, one son, William SMOTHERS, near Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and one daughter, Mrs. Mary SIMPSON of Pawnee. The funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock, from his late home, the Rev. O. W. SHIELDS of the First Baptist church, officiating and interment will be made in the Auburn cemetery.

Obituary of David SNOW, Macoupin County Illinois ©2001 Sue Raffurty McMurry

Name of Deceased: SNOW, David 
Name of Newspaper: Macoupin Times 
Date of Obituary: January 27, 1870 
Obituary: Nilwood: Died - at his residence in Nilwood, on Wednesday Jan 19th, 1870, of typhoid fever and pneumonia, David SNOW. He was in his 41st year, a member of the Methodist church, and a good Christian, and as a citizen he was well-liked, and was always ready to wait on and attend the sick. He had his life insured for one thousand dollars, of which he spoke just before he breathed his last.

Obituary of Louise Alice SOAPES (BRIGHT), Macoupin County Illinois ©2008 Contributed by Cindy Leonard

Name of Deceased: SOAPES,
Louise Alice (BRIGHT)
Name of Newspaper: Staunton Star Time 
Date of Obituary: March 19, 1897
Obituary: "Yesterday afternoon the remains of Mrs. Louise Alice SOAPES were laid at rest in the city cemetery. Deceased was born near New Douglas on May 12, 1866. At the age of 14 years she moved with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James BRIGHT, to Behalto, where she lived for about six years. In the year 1888 she came to this city. On September 11, 1889, she was married to Mr. C. W. SOAPES, to which union three children wer born, one girl and two boys, all of whom have since died, the girl dying just four years before her mother and the other two dying during the time intervening between these two deaths. About 15 years ago deceased swallowed a tack while at work putting up some curtains, which lodged in her lungs. It did not cause any trouble about seven months afterwards when she taken sick with what the doctors called consumption. About that time in a severe spell of coughing she coughed up the tack. Since that time she has been more or less affected with lung troubles. About five months ago she was taken down consumption, during which time she was confined to her bed nearly all the time and was relieved of her sufferings by death at 4:20 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16, 1897. During her long seige of sickness she bore her ailments without any words of complaint. She was a lady that was well liked by all who knew her. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. E. CUNNINGHAM of the M. E. Church."

Obituary of Cicero Jefferson SOLOMON, Macoupin County Illinois ©2002 Sue Raffurty McMurry and Chris Grove Surgis

Name of Deceased: SOLOMON, Cicero Jefferson 
Name of Newspaper: Daily Enquirer 
Date of Obituary: June 26, 1911 
Obituary: Heart Disease Caused Demise of Prominent Macoupin Man Saturday Afternoon Cicero Jefferson SOLOMON was found dead in the barn at his home in Bird township, Saturday afternoon about 3:30 o'clock. His death resulted from heart disease, was very sudden and probably instantaneous. Mr. SOLOMON was a native of this county, and one of our most respected and worthy citizens who served out a long and useful life in this community. Being human, perhaps he erred sometimes, but his life of usefulness and faithful service to his family, his neighbors, his friends and the community, in general far outweighed his mistakes and his memory will endure in many hearts for the good he did while passing through this world. He was the second son of James and Easter LAMAR SOLOMON; was born in North Palmyra Township, October 3, 1848, being therefore 62 years, 8 months and 21 days of age when he died. When Cicero was six years old his father removed to Montgomery County, and with the exception of the four years they resided there, Macoupin County was his home during all of his life. On February 25, 1872, Mr. SOLOMON was married to Miss Harriet KESSINGER, who survives him. Six children were born to them and five of them survive their father, namely: E. J. SOLOMON of Peoria, Mrs. R. S. COMER of Bird Township, Mrs. Frank KERR and Mrs. Jennie TRAVIS who with her husband, resided on the home place with per parents. Mr. SOLOMON was a successful farmer and made somewhat of a specialty of stock raising. He had served as highway commissioner and school director of his district and his political affiliations were with the Republican party. He was an active member of the Baptist church and had been affiliated with the Masonic order since he was 21 years old, holding membership here in Carlinville. Funeral services, which were very largely attended, were held at Charity church Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. I. M. VAUGHN of Hettick officiating. Interment was made in the cemetery adjoining the church. The Masonic fraternity took an active part in the obsequfes and many other people from Carlinville also attended the funeral. Owing to the suddenness with which death came upon Mr. SOLOMON, Coroner KARNES was called to hold an inquest over the body. The evidence before the jury disclosed that Mr. SOLOMON had known for sometime that he had a valvular heart trouble and had been treated for the disease by two physicians. He went to the barn during the afternoon and shortly afterwards his daughter, Mrs. Jennie TRAVIS, found him lying on the barn floor, dead. She called her mother, and also summoned others, but no human aid could restore Mr. SOLOMON to life. He had been dead but a few minutes.

Name of Deceased: SOLOMON, Cicero Jefferson
Name of Newspaper: Macoupin County Enquirer, Carlinville, IL 
Date of Obituary: June 28, 1911 
Obituary: Cicero J. SOLOMON's Sudden Death - Heart Disease Caused demise of Prominent Macoupin Man Saturday Afternoon. Cicero Jefferson SOLOMON was found dead in the barn at his home in Bird township Saturday afternoon about 2:20 o'clock. His death resulted from heart disease, was very sudden and probably instantaneous. Mr. SOLOMON was a native of this county and one of our most respected and worthy citizens who served out a long and useful life in this community. Being human, perhaps he erred sometimes, but his life of usefulness and faithful service to his family, his neighbors, his friends and the community in general far outweighed his mistakes and his memory will endure in many hearts for the good he did while passing through this world. He was the second son of James and Easter Lamar SOLOMON was born in North Palmyra township October 3, 1848, being therefore 62 years, 8 months and 21 days of age when he died. When Cicero was six years old his father removed to Montgomery county, and with the exception of the four years they resided there, Macoupin county was his home during all of his life. On February 25, 1872, Mr. SOLOMON was married to Miss Harriet KESSINGER, who survives him. Six children were born to them and five of them survive their father, namely: E. J. SOLOMON of Peoria, Mrs. R. S. COMER of Bird township, Mrs. Frank KERR of Womac, Jas. SOLOMON of Bird and Mrs. Jennie TRAVIS who with her husband resided on the home place with her parents. Besides his children, the deceased leaves one sister, Mrs. W. A. WRIGHT of California. Mr. SOLOMON was a successful farmer and made somewhat of a specialty of stock raising. He had served as highway commissioner and school director of his district and his political affiliations were with the Republican party. At the age of fifteen years he joined the army as a member of Company K, 7th Regiment, of which Gen. ROWETT was in command, and served till the close of the war. He was converted at a meeting held by Revs. T. N. MARSH and Wm. ROACH at Charity church in the winter of '74, but did not unite with the church till 1903, when the joys of his salvation were restored and he joined Charity Baptist church. Funeral services which were very largely attended, were held at Charity church Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. I. M. VAUGHN of Hettick officiating. Interment was made in the cemetery adjoining the church. The Masonic fraternity took an active part in the obsequies and many other people from Carlinville also attended the funeral. Owing to the suddenness with which death came upon Mr. SOLOMON, Coroner KARNES was called to hold an inquest over the body. The evidence before the jury disclosed that Mr. SOLOMON had known for sometime that he had a valvular heart trouble and had been treated for the disease by two physicians. He went to the barn during the afternoon and shortly afterwards his daughter, Mrs. Jennie TRAVIS, found him lying on the barn floor, dead. Funeral services were held at Charity church, seven miles northwest of town, Monday afternoon conducted by Rev. I. N. VAUGHN, assisted by Rev. J. P. CASTEEL. A quartet consisting of Mrs. Abbie SEAMAN DEEDS, Miss Sophia SACRE and Miss Mae HOBLIT, with Mrs. O. C. HARTLEY as organist, furnished the music. The pallbearers were the six brothers-in-law of the deceased, Preston W., Chas E., Hayden, William G., John P. and Manning M. KESSINGER. The Masonic order, of which the deceased had long been a member, conducted the ceremonies at the grave. V. H. HEMPHILL, the master of Mt. Nebo lodge, conducting the services. The funeral was largely attended; in fact, it looked as if all of Bird township turned out to pay their respects to the deceased and the family.

Obituary of Martha "Mattie" VANCE, Macoupin County Illinois ©2000 Brian Phillips

Name of Deceased: SOLOMON, Martha "Mattie" VANCE
Name of Newspaper: Unknown
Date of Obituary: Feb 1937
Obituary:Mrs. Mattie SOLOMON "Deep in our hearts is a picture Of our dear sister at rest. In memory's frame we will keep her As one of our very best." As quietly and unassuming as she had lived her 76 years of usefulness our friend and relative, Martha VANCE SOLOMON passed away Friday evening, February 19, 1937. For several years she had been bothered with heart trouble and the end came without warning. She was born in 1861 near Palmyra and in 1898 she was married to J. H. SOLOMON who had been left with four little children. To these little ones she gave most loving care and after their father passed away she made a home for them until they left the home nest for wider fields. For her they knew only love. "Somewhere back in the sunset, Where loveliness never dies She lives in a land of glory In her Father's Paradise." In early life she united with the Baptist church and remained a faithful member. She leaves her brothers, Thomas VANCE of Waverly, Henry, Edward and George of Palmyra and her stepchildren Mrs. Minne BROWN of Florida; Robert SOLOMON of Bloomington and Lee of Palmyra with many relatives and friends. "Her gentle ways and kindly smile are lost to us awhile. Somewhere, sometime, twill all be right. And so till then we will not say farewell, but just say goodnight." The funeral was held from the STULTS funeral home Monday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. Rev. E. L. FAHNESTOCK officiating. Burial in Oak Hill cemetery. The casket bearer's were Lee SOLOMON, Harold KING, Paul SHEHERDSON, Harvey SOLOMON, Lester VANCE, and John TOSH. J.G. WATERS, G. W. ARRAS and Rev. E. L. FAHNESTOCK with Mrs. S. D. BOYD accompanist sang 'The Old Rugged Cross" and "God Will Take Care of You"

Obituary of Doris SPARKS, Macoupin County IL (c)2003 Patricia A. Crouse

Name of Deceased: SPARKS, Doris 
Name of Newspaper: The Daily Journal Gazette & Commercial Star, Mattoon, IL 
Date of Obituary: April 24, 1928 
Obituary: Miss Doris SPARKS, aged 17 years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred SPARKS, died at her apartments at the home of Mrs. Anna HADLEY, 105 Jackson Street, at 8 o'clock on Monday evening after a short illness. Complications were attributed as the cause of her death. Miss SPARKS, who was taken suddenly ill on Sunday morning, became unconscious about 11 o'clock, and never regained consciousness. The funeral services have not been arranged, but the body will be shipped to Chesterfield, Ill., in Macoupin county, for burial. Friends wishing to view the remains may do so by calling at the Harper Funeral Home, 720 Monroe street, where the body lies in state, until the funeral procession leaves for Chesterfield. Miss SPARKS is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred SPARKS, sisters, Marjorie and Lillian, and a brother, Donald SPARKS. Mrs. Margaret SPARKS of Charleston is her grandmother. There are a number of surviving uncles and aunts, residing here and in Ashmore. Miss SPARKS, a member of the Ashmore Methodist church and a well known and popular young woman, came to Charleston about two years ago, at which time she secured a position with the Brown shoe factory. A short time ago her mother, of Ashmore, came to Charleston and they made their home at the Hadley home, 105 Jackson street. Her father, employed in Flint, Mich., was expected to arrive here about May 1 to visit the family, but word was dispatched to him on Monday afternoon that his daughter was seriously ill, and he left at once for Charleston. (Doris died at Charleston IL)

Patricia Crouse wrote, "Doris was my Aunt and a diabetic. The story her sister, Lillian told me was that she ate a box of chocolates on a Sunday and went into a diabetic coma, dying on Monday. Her mother was in Charleston with her and her father had gone to Flint, MI to find work. Her sister, Marjorie, my mother, and Lillian and brother Donald were still in Chesterfield staying with relatives. The body was returned to Chesterfield and she is buried in Loomis Cemetery."

FLORAL OFFERINGS FROM THE FUNERAL BOOK OF DORIS SPARKS

Olive Wright (Chesterfield)
Evalena Shoot Mary Hounsley
Frances Garman Dorothy Duckels
Doris Shoot Mabel Curtis
Dcetta Trotter Katherine Banks
Juanita Trotter Virginia Hall
Claree O'Hair Leola Banks
Nola Sanderson Nancy Leach
Helen Shoot Mary Moore
Dorothy & Margaret Penny Margaret Malone
Zola Walton Ellen Lee
Gertrude Jackson Lela Sarginson
Erlene Cox Roberta Hounsley
Soma Gilbert Clarisa Touse
Garnet Hawkins Faye Jacoby
Hazel Anderson Myrtle Elmore
Hazel Sutherland
Dorothy Toser
Winifred Childress
Esther Wheeler
Frank Lane
Robert & Neal McLain
Raymond Childress
Riley Comestock
Wayne Jackson
Wayman Shoot
Wayne Waters
Mrs. & Mr. R.V. Galbreath
Mrs. Reed
Mrs. & Mr. Hogue & Family
Mrs. & Mr. Carrico
Mrs. & Mr. S.M. Ford
Mrs. & Mr. Lane
Mr. & Mrs. J.W. Waters
Mr. & Mrs. Brown & Family
Mr. & Mrs. Parrot & Family
W.R. Walton & Family
L.C. Trotter & Family
Mr. & Mrs. Kincade
Brown Shoe Co.
Charleston Factory Protective Association--Daffodils
Fitting Room �Carnations & Roses
Buick Assembly Welfare Co. Flint, Mich.
Joe Brooks - Richard Keighley - Tulips
M.E. Sunday School of Ashmore -Roses & Carnations
Mr. & Mrs. Chester Monroe - Roses
Mr. & Mrs. J.S. Johnson & Bertha
Lewis & Esta Taylor - Roses
Mrs. Carl Lane and Sunday Class of M.E.
   Church Ashmore

Mrs. & Mr. O.M. Sparks & Family--Roses
Garland Tuzel - Roses
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Fenton
Mr. & Mrs. D.A. Sparks
Mrs. Sparks & Blanche - Yellow Roses-Charleston
Family - Roses-Carnations
Kings Daughters Class M.E. Church - Red Roses
Nettie Stuvort & Elsie - Carnations
Ruth Butcher - Carnations
Edith Austin - Carnations
Richard Nichols and Mother - Roses and sweet peas
Mr. & Mrs. Chas Baber - Lilies
PALL BEARERS FAMILY RECORD
Joseph Van Wooren Father - Mr. Alfred Sparks
William Touse Mother - Rose Sparks
Ansel Barr Other Members of Family -
Chester W. Touse Lillian Sparks, Sister
Carl Moore Marjorie Sparks, Sister
Wendell Jacoby Donald Sparks, Brother
Flower Girls---
Faye Jacoby
Dorothy Duckels
Mary Moore
Mabel Curtis
Myrtle Elmore
Ellen Lee
Former School Mates

Obituary of Brother John SPENCE Macoupin County Illinois ©2014 Robert Webb

Name of Deceased: SPENCE, Brother John
Name of Newspaper: Elder Peter Long of Greenville own publication, the Western Evangelist
Date of Obituary:
Obituary: Death Notice
Brother JOHN SPENCE, a member of Mount Olive Church, Macoupin Co., Ill., departed this life June 23rd, 1858. Brother SPENCE was an orderly professor and much esteemed by all that knew him."


Obituary of Amanda Catharine DAVIDSON STAMPER Macoupin County Illinois ©2000 Julie Clark Close

Name of Deceased: STAMPER, Amanda Catharine DAVIDSON
Name of Newspaper: 
Date of Obituary: Feb 1931
Obituary: Amanda Catharine, daughter of Samuel and Margaret E. GATES DAVIDSON was born in Sangamon County, IL, Oct. 29, 1840; died at her home in North Otter township, Macoupin County, IL, Feb 23, 1931, aged 90 years, 3 months and 24 days. When a small child she came with her parents to Shaws Point where she grew to womanhood. On Feb. 20, 1862 she united in marriage with Elder Asa M. STAMPER and to this union seven children were born, six of whom survive. At the age of 24 years she was converted and united with Upper Grove Baptist Church, being baptized by Rev. Joel TURNER. Afterwards she transferred her membership to Buchanan, new Union, of which she was a faithful member till death. A loving mother, a faithful companion, a devoted Christian and a good neighbor has been called to her reward. Even when her mind would not retain common facts of life and kindred relationships, yet she was keenly interested in religious conversation and when asked of her hope she was ready to tell of her faith in Christ and was always on the right side of all moral issues. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1916 and one son John Perry in 1872 at the age of 3 years. She is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Fred (Mary "Mayme") STRAUB, Sr., and Mrs. Elisha (Rena) CLARK of Carlinville; Mrs. Edward (Crete) HODGES, Mrs. Hurley (Almeda) BIVIN, Mrs. W. A.(Dena) RIGG of North Otter; one son W. A. STAMPER of Girard. There were twenty-six grandchildren, twenty of whom survive; thirty-eight great-grandchildren of whom thirty-six survive; also one sister, Emily E. CARRIER of Kingman, Kans., who with many other relatives and friends mourn their loss, but not as those who have no hope. Funeral services were held at Union Chapel, Thursday, Feb. 26 at 11 a.m., conducted by Rev. I. M. VAUGHN, assisted by Rev. Will ENGLAND and interment was made by the side of her companion in the family lot in Union Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Oren and Ira CRUMP, Estel CLARK, Paul and Harry STAMPER and Owen BIVIN, all grandsons. Flower girls were: Mrs. Blanche LOMELINO, Mrs. Faye WALDEN, Florence CLARK, Grace STRAUB, Ora ENGLAND and Velma WHEELER. Thos in charge of song service were Mrs. Johnnie HAYS at the piano Mrs. Owen BIVIN, Mrs. Paul STAMPER, Andrew MILLER and J.J. GARDNER. There was a large attendance at the services.
Another smaller clipping reads: Girard, IL Feb 25, 1931-Mrs. Asa STAMPER, 90, died at her old home seven miles west of Girard on Monday. For many years Grandma Stamper has lived in this old home and her death marks the passing of one of our oldest dwellers of this community which is well known from the fact that as far back as can be remembered was known as Stamper Hill on the Palmyra road....

Obituary of Asa Martin STAMPER Macoupin County Illinois ©1999 Julie Clark Close

Name of Deceased: STAMPER, Asa, Martin 
Name of Newspaper: 
Date of Obituary: about July 1916
Obituary: Rev. Asa Martin STAMPER, son of Dillard and Margaret ROSS STAMPER, was born in Bradley County, Tenn., Nov. 5, 1837. He was the sixth child of a family of nine children. When he was about 13 years of age, he came with his fathers family to Illinois, of which state he has been a righteous citizen. He was married to Amanda Catherine DAVIDSON, Feb. 20, 1862 and of this union were born to them seven children, two sons and five daughters. He was converted in 1863, under the preaching of Rev. M. V. KITZMILLER, by whom he was baptized and he united with Sugar Creek Baptist Church. He was ordained to the gospel ministry by the Otter Creek Baptist church in 1877. The council was composed of Zachariah WATERS, Charles BUSH and others, some of whom are "land marks" of the faith and practice to which he has given a long life of faithful service. He preached his first sermon at Upper Grove school house, northwest of Virden about 50 years ago. He did his first baptizing 40 years ago in North Otter Creek near his late home. He has served many churches as pastor, and held many revival meetings and through his untiring work hundreds have been led to Christ. He led an exemplary life, faithful to his trust, loyal to the gospel of our Lord and unwavering in its faith. He has fought a good fight, he has kept the faith, and many shall arise and call him blessed. After an illness of ten days from a stroke of paralysis, he answered the call, "Come Ye Blessed of My Father" and passed from their home here to his Heavenly home, July 13, 1916, at 5:30 o'clock p.m., aged 78 years, eight months and eight days. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, three sisters and one son, John Perry. He is survived by his faithful wife, Amanda C., one son, William Asa, five daughters Mrs. Mary A. JENKINS, Mrs. Lucretia HODGES, Mrs. Amanda BIVIN, North Otter; Mrs. Lorena (Emily Irena) CLARK, of Liberty Chapel, and Mrs. Modena RIGG of Cotter, Ark, one brother, Rev. James STAMPER of Herrick, one sister, Mrs. May E. GATES of Centralia, twenty-one grandchildren and seven great grand children, who with a host of other relatives and friends mourn their loss, but our loss is His eternal gain. The night never grew too dark, the weather nor roads to bad, but what Brother STAMPER would answer the call and go to assist in sickness or preach a funeral or lend assistance to his fellow beings in whatever way he could. He will not only be missed by the community, his church, but will be greatly missed by his family, as was their custom to meet at their home in annual family gatherings, but when they meet again in those family gatherings there will be a vacant chair. Funeral services were held at Union Chapel Saturday, at eleven a.m. conducted by Rev. Fred PRATT of Palmyra, assisted by Rev. R.J. WATTS of Girard, and interment in the last addition to Union Chapel Cemetery. There was an unusually large attendance at the services. The pall-bearers were Oren CRUMP, John HODGES, Owen BIVIN, Frank STAMPER, Estel CLARK and Paul STAMPER, all grandsons of the deceased.


Obituary of Dollie STANFIELD (COLE), Macoupin County Illinois  ©2008 Submitted by: Rick Doty

Name of Deceased: STANFIELD, Dollie (COLE)
Name of Newspaper: Macoupin County Enquirer
Date of Obituary:
26 Feb 1908 
Obituary: HETTICK Mrs. Dollie STANFIELD was in her usual health up to February 9th, when she was taken violently ill. A council of physicians was held, but to no avail. Her suffering was intense and finally the Angel of Death called her from the shores of time to cross over to the shores of eternal rest. Dottie COLE was born near Carlinville Oct. 25,1876, and departed this life at her home in Hettick Feb. 16, 1908 aged 31 years, 5 months and 21 days. She was married to Alva STANFIELD Dec. 25, 1904. She is survived by her husband and infant son, father and mother, one sister and one brother, with many relatives and firends. The deceased was converted when quite young and united late in life with the Free Methodist church of this place under the pastorate of Rev. B.C. JOHNSON, remaining a consistent member until her death. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W.D.COCHRAN, of Greenville, from the F.M. church, after which the remains were laid to rest in the new cemetery northeast of town.

Obituary of Benjamin G. STEAD, Macoupin County Illinois  ©2013 Submitted by: Kim Dupell

Name of Deceased: STEAD, Benjamin G.
Name of Newspaper: Girard Gazette
Date of Obituary:
28 Oct 1897, p 1, c 3
Obituary: The funeral of B. G. STEAD on Wednesday last was largely attended. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. FLORY, of Girard, assisted by Brothers BUCKLEY and S. F. BRUBAKER. The remains were interred in the Macoupin Point cemetery (Montgomery County). The pall bearers were Richard BALL, of Virden, John BALL, Henry BALL, Clark WATSON, S. F. BRUBAKER and James BOSTON. Those from a distance whom your correspondant noticed were Fred BROOKS, of Kane: Granderson ARMITAGE and wife and Miss Margaret ARMITAGE, of Morrisonville.

Nov 4, 1897
Girard Gazette, p 1, c 5
In our last we had only time to chronicle the death of one of our most beloved and highly respected citizens, Ben G. STEAD, who died at his home near Macoupin Creek church on Tuesday morning of last week. The news of his death was a great shock to our people, for scarcely any one knew that he was even sick. Being then without data we promised this week a history of the deceased, as far as it could be ascertained, which we now give:

The deceased was born in Yorkshire, England, February 4, 1837, and died at his home six miles east of Girard on Tuesday, October 26, 1897, and consequently at the time of his demise had attained the age of 60 years, eight months and 22 days. In 1841 he came with his parents and family to the United States, there being seven children, five sisters and two brothers besides him, he being the youngest. They settled in the neighborhood where breathed his last, and where he has continually resided, except when he entered the army of the Union on August 8, 1861, serving his country until mustered out of service in July, 1865, being a member of Co. 11., Thirteenth Illinois Infantry. The deceased was twice married, his first wife being a Miss Anna BROOKS, of Kane, Greene couty, who bore him six children, two of died in infancy, and four remaining, William, Walter, Mary and Charles, all living east of here, and are highly respected. His wife dying on April 9, 1878. he was again united in wedlock with Miss Anna Maria HECKMANN, who survives him. The fruits of this union were five children, some yet of tender age namely Calvin, Arthur, Anna and Letta May, when with their mother are viewing with breaking hearts the empty chair at the fireside and homestead.
Of those of his brothers and sisters who came with him from England, the parents being long since dead, only.......(library said the page had been ripped into at some point in time and had been "pieced" together with something that wasn't the rest of his obituary).

Obituary of B. Walter STEAD, Macoupin County Illinois  ©2013 Submitted by: Kim Dupell

Name of Deceased: STEAD, B. Walter
Name of Newspaper: Girard Gazette
Date of Obituary:
01 May 1941, Thursday, p 1, c 3
Obituary: Last Rites For Walter STEAD Held in Christian Church Here Monday

Funeral Services for Walter STEAD were held at the Christian church at 2:00 p.m. Monday, Rev. E. A. MCFARLAND officiating. Interment was in Macoupin Creek cemetery (Montgomery County).

Mr. STEAD died at his home in Girard, following an illness of three and a half years.

Pall Bearers were: Wyman DECK, J. W. CLEAR, M. C. SHUTT, H. B. HAMILTON, Earl STEAD, and Dr. T. R. MCKEMIE. Honorary pallbearers were Clarencee KIME, Ephram LOGAN, John WARRICK, Gordon FREY, P. C. GIBSON and Zelmer SCOTT.

Flowers were carried by Mrs. C. E. BERRY, Mrs. Zelmer SCOTT, Mrs. Wm. SCHOTT, Mrs. Ralph M. WOOLLEY, Mrs. Warren REDFIELD, Mrs. George BOWMAN, Mrs. Floyd WROUGHTON, Mrs. Clarence KIME, Mrs. John WARRICK, Mrs. Fannie LITTLEPAGE, Mrs. J. W. CLEAR, Mrs. M. C. SHUTT, Mrs. John R. SHARP. B. Walter STEAD was born near Girard, May 28, 1871, and with the exception of five years in Litchfield while he was manager of the Litchfield, BARNETT and MCVEY grain elevator, he spent his life in this community.

He served as highway commissioner of Nilwood township 4 years, was owner and operator of STEAD's amusement park and race track, and was connected with the Girard telephone company 20 years. He assisted in organizing the Oak Leaf country club, and prior to this illness was manager. He was a conscientious worker and always interested in anything that would improve the communitiy. He was a member of the Masonic lodge, the Modern Woodmen camp, and with Christian church.

He is survived by his wife Lulu, a daughter Dilcie BREW, of Havre, Montana, a son, Roy of Tucson, Arizona, two sisters, Mrs. Anna THABER, Ottawa, and Mrs. Mary VANIMAN, Virden, three brothers, Clarence, Girard, Arthur, Illiopolis, and Calvin of Rockford. Two brothers and a sister preceeded him in death.

Obituary of Elizabeth B. CHERRY STEIDLEY, Macoupin County Illinois (c) 2011 Submitted by: Kay Stein

Name of Deceased: STEIDLEY, Elizabeth B. (CHERRY)
Name of Newspaper: The Girard Gazette, Vol. XII, No. 4, pg. 5

Date of Obituary: Thursday, March 6, 1890
Obituary:Mrs. Elizabeth CHERRY STEIDLEY was born November 15, 1824. Died March 3, 1890, being at the time of her death in her 66th year. She was born in Dickerson [sic] County, Tennessee the same county in which eighty years ago the C.P. Church was organized. With her parents, at an early age she removed to Macoupin county, Ill. She professed faith in Christ when quite young and joined the C.P. Church. In 1850, Feb. 28, she united her life with that of Jas. B. STEIDLEY, and for eleven years was a faithful companion to him, when in 1861 her husband preceded her to the spirit world. After his death, she removed to Girard and allied herself with this congregation. She was a faithful member and when the old house became delapidated [sic] and the organization became almost extinct, she was much concerned and very anxious for a new house of worship, and the advancement of our beloved Zion in this place. She was the mother of four children. Henry M, Harriet, LaFayette and Wilmer. Henry M. is State S.S. Evangelist for the C.P. Church, of this state. His home is in Lincoln. She was the sister of our townsman, T. C. CHERRY, and also of Mrs. John F. ROACH. The obsequies were held in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Tuesday afternoon, where Rev. J. E. BLAIR preached a most appropriate sermon, after which her remains were conveyed to Girard cemetery and there laid to rest by the side of her companion of former days there to rest for all eternity. She had been a severe sufferer for years and death was a relief, yet not in the eyes of mankind, for "life is the sweetest boon." Rest, rest, sister, rest.

Correction and comment: Elizabeth's husband was Joseph B. STEIDLEY, not James. Her parents were James Harvey CHERRY, Sr. and Delilah (BRISTOW) CHERRY.

Obituary of Lafayette H. STEIDLEY, Macoupin County Illinois (c) 2010 Submitted by: Kay Stein

Name of Deceased: STEIDLEY, Lafayette H.
Name of Newspaper: The Daily Enquirer, Vol. IV, No. 70, p. 4

Date of Obituary: Saturday, October 21, 1899
Obituary:Lafayette H. STEIDLEY, a brother of W. L. STEIDLEY, of Girard, died at Sioux City, Iowa, on October 5th, aged 45 years. The deceased grew to manhood in this county and is known to many of our older citizens. He went to Iowa some twenty-five years ago. The remains arrived in Girard Friday where interment took place.
Comments: The deceased was a son of Joseph B. STEIDLEY and Elizabeth B. (CHERRY) STEIDLEY. The brother referred to was Wilmer L. STEIDLEY. The death date in the obituary conflicts with the date of 17 October 1899 on his tombstone as reported in Tombstone Revelations, Vol. 1, Girard Cemetery.

Obituary of William A. STEIDLEY, Macoupin Co Illinois ©2009 Submitted by: Betty Moake

Name of Deceased: STEIDLEY,
William A.
Name of Newspaper: State Register Special Service
Date of Obituary:
1917 
Obituary: William A. STEIDLEY
Carlinville, Ill. June 22 - William A. STEIDLEY died at his home in Denver, Colo., Friday morning after a short illiness with pneumonia. Mr. STEIDLEY was the oldest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John STEIDLEY, and was born on the STEIDLEY farm west of Carlinville Oct. 17, 1848. He was a prominent business man in Gillespie before moving to Denver, where he has lived many years. He is survived by his widow, one daughter and three sisters, Mrs Flora VALENTINE and Mrs. R. B. SHIRLEY of this city, who were at his bedside when he died, and Mrs. Burke VANCIL of Springfield. The funeral arrangements have not been announced.
Marriage record: STEIDLEY, WILLIAM A   RICE, MARY F 1875-11-13 05 /113  8611     MACOUPIN

Obituary of Frances STEWART, Macoupin County Illinois ©2002 Chris Grove Surgis

Name of Deceased: STEWART, Frances 
Name of Newspaper: Daily Enquirer 
Date of Obituary: March 6, 1889 
Obituary: Girard: Died On last Saturday evening March 2, 1889, at her residence north of this city, Mrs. Frances STEWART aged 79 years 6 months and 15 days. Funeral took place from the Christian church on Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, after which the remains were entered in the Girard cemetery.

Obituary of Irettie ROBISON STEWART, Macoupin County Illinois ©1998 Mary Ann Stewart Kaylor

Name of Deceased: STEWART, Irettie ROBISON
Name of Newspaper: IL State Journal
Date of Obituary: 22 May 1950
Obituary: Palmyra, May 21 -- Mrs. Irettie ROBISON STEWART, of Hettick, died at 8:15a.m. Sunday at her residence. She was 78 years old. Mrs. STEWART was born near Greenfield, Feb. 11, 1872. She is survived by her husband, M. STEWART; two daughters, Mrs. Opal STRATTON, and Mrs. Marie CONVERSE, both of Hettick; one son, Ernest STEWART, Mechanicsburg; two sisters, Mrs. Ida STULTS, Hettick, and Mrs. Miriam RIVES, Alton, and four brothers, Fred, Clarence, and Kelsey ROBISON, all of Hettick and Kenneth ROBISON, Manitow Springs, Colo. Remains were takent o the Stults Funderal home and will be returned to the residence Monday afternoon. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Gilead Baptist Chruch near Hettick. Burial will be in Gilead Cemetery.

Obituary of William Stewart, Macoupin County Illinois 22 March 1998 ©1998 Mary Ann Kaylor

Name of Deceased: STEWART, William 
Name of Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal
 Date of Obituary: November 22, 1877 
Obituary: Franklin: On Friday morning of last week, MR. William STEWART, living south of Franklin, (but at the time named, stopping with Reuben JONES, Sr.) complained of feeling stupid and would eat no breakfast; after a time, as he felt no better a physician was sent for, but he could not ease him and he died in the afternoon of the same day with congestion of the lungs.

Name of Deceased: STEWART, William 
Name of Newspaper: Carlinville Democrat 
Date of Obituary:
November 29, 1877 
Obituary: Palmyra: MR. William STEWART, also of S. P., died on the 22nd last. He was 63 years old and leaves many mourning friends.

Obituary of Joseph Scobee STIRMAN, Macoupin County Illinois ©2001 Sue Raffurty McMurry

Name of Deceased: STIRMAN, Joseph Scobee
Name of Newspaper: Illinois State Journal
Date of Obituary: August 16, 1928 
Obituary: JUDGE STIRMAN DIES AT HOME IN THIS CITY. Judge Joseph S. STIRMAN, 67, died at 8 o'clock yesterday morning at his home, 1210 South Fifth street, after an illness which began last May. Funeral services will be held at 1 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the residence, Rev. H. W. MCPHERSON, pastor of First M. E. church, officiating. Interment will be made in the city cemetery, Carlinville. Members of the BULLARD Bible class of First M. E. church, of which Judge STIRMAN was a member, will be honorary pallbearers. Active pallbearers will be W. W. MOORE, Earl K. STUART, Corland B. STUART, J. F. LEONARD, J. W. TEMPLEMAN, city, and George ARNETT, Carlinville. Judge STIRMAN was born Nov. 22, 1860 in Owensboro, Ky., where he resided until 1916, when he came to Illinois. He attended public schools in Owensboro, was graduated from University of Indiana, and later was graduated from the law department of Vanderbilt university, Nashville, Tenn. He was admitted to the bar Oct. 27, 1883 and practiced at law in Owensboro and twice was elected city judge. He was active in church work and was a member of the official board of Seattle Memorial M. E. church in Owensboro, and of First M. E. church in this city during the seven years of his residence here. Decedent married Miss Mattie E. LUMPKIN, May 17, 1892. She was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. W. LUMPKIN. They resided five years on the LUMPKIN farm near Chesterfield, after their removal to this state from Kentucky. Of their three children, James L. died in infancy, and Wilbur F. resides in Springfield and Joseph S. resides in St. Louis. Besides the wife and two sons, a grandson, Joseph S. STIRMAN, jr. survives. 

Obituary of Mattie E. LUMPKIN STIRMAN, Macoupin County Illinois ©2001 Sue Raffurty McMurry

Name of Deceased: STIRMAN, Mattie E. LUMPKIN
Name of Newspaper: Illinois State Journal
Date of Obituary: December 2, 1937
Obituary: MRS. MATTIE E. STIRMAN TAKEN BY DEATH AT HOME - Was born and Reared in Carlinville; Rites set for Tomorrow Mrs. Mattie E. STIRMAN, 1210 South Fifth street, died at her residence at 7:30 a.m. yesterday. Born at Carlinville seventy years ago, Mrs. STIRMAN was educated in the public schools there and attended Blackburn college. She had been active in community affairs and was a member of the Methodist church. Funeral services will be held at Metcalf & Lemon funeral home at 1 p.m. Friday. Rev. Ray GRUMMON will officiate and burial will be in the Carlinville city cemetery. Mrs. STIRMAN was married to Joseph S. STIRMAN, Owensboro, KY., May 17, 1892, where they made their home until 1916 when they moved to Springfield. Mr. STIRMAN died nine years ago. Surviving are two sons, W. F. STIRMAN, Springfield, and J. S. STIRMAN, Alton; a brother, C. J. LUMPKIN, Carlinville, and two grandchildren.




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