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Cecile O. Mansfield
Mrs. William (Cecile O.) Mansfield, 78, of Lovington died 11:43 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, 1992 in St. Mary's Hospital.
Services were held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, in Dawson and Wikoff West Wood Street Funeral Home, Decatur, with visitation 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Burial was in Keller Cemetery, Lovington.
She was born in Martinsville on Feb. 20, 1914, to Charles Daniel and Jersey Mae (Corrie) Wells. She married William Martin Mansfield on April 9, 1938. He died in 1980.
She was a homemaker, member of LaPlace United Methodist Church. WSCS of the church. Order of the Eastern Star and an election judge in Lake City.
Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Martin and Jean Mansfield of Riverton; daughter, Mrs. Herman (Jeanette) Erkman of Mount Zion; brothers, Frank Wells of Martinsville; Raymond Wells of Decatur; sisters Helen Washburn of Marshall; Dorothy Sanders of Martinsville; Virginia Boyd of Washington State; grandchildren, William E. Johnson of Nokomis; Crystal Mansfield, Cynthia Mansfield and Timothy Mansfield, all of Riverton; great-grandchildren, Katy and Amber Johnson of Nokomis.
Her parents and husband preceded her in death.
[From the Casey Reporter - 3 Sep 1992 - Submitted by: Larry Wells ]



David A. Manson
David A. Manson, who with his family resided in Casey, about six years ago and removed from this city to Tulsa, Okla., died there Mar. 25, aged about 61 years. Death was due to paralysis, the second stroke proving the fatal one. He was in Casey along in the winter, called here by the death of his daughter, Mrs. Earl B. Charlton. The Casey friends of the family sympathize with them in their bereavement.
[From the scrapbook of George W. Orndorff (1854-1934) of Casey & Johnson Twp, Clark County. Transcribed by S. Barhydt, great-granddaughter (folksandmore@yahoo.com)]



Elza Dale Martin
Elza Dale Martin, 84, of Robinson and formerly of rural Martinsville, died Sunday, February 23 at 1:55am in the Cotillion Ridge Nursing Home in Robinson.
Mr. Martin was bom on December 4, 1918 in Anderson Township, Clark County, to Grant A. and Margaret (Tingley) Martin. He married Minnie M. McNabb on September 17, 1943. She died on October 25, 2001.
Surviving are six sons, John Dale Martin of Marshall, Raymond E. Martin of Houston, Texas, Robert J. Martin of Ormond Beach, Florida, David R. Martin of Las Vegas, Nevada, Thomas Daniel Martin of Marshall, and Andrew Rodney Martin of Martinsville; one daughter, Edith M. Carter of Robinson; thirteen grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Minnie M. Martin; one son, Donald Eugene Martin; one brother; and three sisters.
Visitation will be from 4pm - 8pm on today at Greenwell Funeral Home in Martinsville. Funeral services will be at 10am on Wednesday, February 26 at Greenwell Funeral Home with Reverend Glenn Arbuckle officiating.
Burial will be at Marshall Cemetery. Veteran's graveside services will be performed by VFW Post # 5975 and American Legion Post 90 Honor Unit.
Mr. Martin was a retired carpenter, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of VFW Post 5975, American Legion Post 90, and Marshall unit of the Forty & Eight.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetic Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
[Submitted by: Larry Wells
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Jesse J. Maxey
Martinsville, Ill. - Jesse J. Maxey, 87, of rural Martinsville died at 9:26 a.m. Wednesday [Dec.16,1987] in Jarmin Hospital at Tuscola. He was a retired carpenter. He was born Feb. 7, 1900, in Missouri to George William Maxey and Mary Alice Maxey. Survivors include his wife, Flora Biggs Maxey; two daughters, Naoma Clapp of Westfield and Esther Tingley of Casey; three sons, George of Olney, LeRoy "Bud" of Martinsville and Victor of Casey; 20 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He was a member of Willis Chapel Church near Casey. Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday in Markwell Funeral Home at Casey. Burial is in Washington Street Cemetery at Casey. Visitation is after 4 p.m. today.
[c. Dec 1987 - Submitted by Donna Moore Rhoads]


John McCarty
At Marshall, Clark County the other night, John McCarty was fatally frozen.
Date: Saturday, February 12, 1876  Paper: Rockford Journal (Rockford, IL)  Page: 2 

Velma I. McCarty
Velma I. McCarty, 83, of Kansas and formerly of Marshall, died Thursday, Apr. 17, 1997 in the United Samaritans Medical Center at Danville, Ill.
She was born April 11, 1914 in Marshall to Otto Higginbotham and Laura Walker Higginbotham.
She marred Pearson Owen McCarty and he preceded her in death in 1959.
Surviving are two sons, Paul McCarty of Waverly, Tenn. and Verlin McCarty of Kansas, Ill.; three daughters, Maxine Kirby of Kansas, Ill., Velda Boots of Chrisman, Ill. and Beverly Kopec of Terre Haute, Ind.; two brothers, Donald Higginbotham of Colorado and Lloyd Higginbbtham of Las Vegas, Nev.; three sisters, Rachel Baker of Rockville, Ind., Martha Huberd of Danville, Ill. and Hazel Kiger of Robinson, Ill.; several grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Apr. 20 at Pearce Funeral Home in Marshall with Brother J. Roy Gill officiating.
Burial will be in the Marshall Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday and from 7 a.m. until service time on Sunday at the funeral home.
[From the Marshall Independent Choice - 18 Apr 1997 - Submitted by: Larry Wells ]

Edna M. McCosh
Services for Edna M. McCosh, 83, 2605 Crawford St., who died at 8:09 p.m. Wednesday in Union Hospital, were pending at Callahan Funeral Home East Chapel.
She was a retired assistant registrar emerita at Indiana State University, a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, Women's Service League, and the Mental Health Association.
Survivors include a brother, Harold Fasig, Venice, Fla. and a nephew, King Fasig, Terre Haute.
[Thursday, June 9, 1983 - Submitted by: Phyllis A. Watson Snider]



Mary McCrory
Mary McCrory, 96, of Martinsville passed away at 6:20 p.m. Tuesday evening, October 15 in Heartland Manor in Casey.
She was born September 24, 1900 in Clark County to Charles and Isabelle Bishop.
She is survived by her nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be graveside at Ridgelawn Cemetery in Martinsville at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 18.
Visitation will be from 9 to 9:45 a.m. on Friday, October 18 at Greenwell Funeral Home in Martinsville.
[From the Marshall Independent Choice - 18 Oct 1996 - Submitted by: Larry Wells ]

Joseph McClellan
Obit: Wreck on the Vandalia.
Casey, Ill., Nov. 19.—Engineer Joseph McClellan of the Vandalia line passenger train No. 12 was killed at Vevay Park, near here, before day-light today, when his train met passenger train No. 19 head on. The mail clerk of No. 12 and express man and a passenger was slightly injured, one passenger was slightly Injured. Both engines were demolished and the combination car on No. 19 was burned. A freight engine on a siding nearby was used to pull No. 19 away from the wreckage.
Newspaper: Elkhart Weekly Review Date: 1907-11-20
Sbumitted by Kim T.



Lester F. McNurlan
Lester F. McNurlan, 66, of Martinsville passed away 10:21 a.m. Tuesday, November 5, 2002 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
He was born on April 4, 1936 in Martinsville, the son of J. E. McNurlan and Odell Brown McNurlan.
He was a retired farm hand and a member of the Mt. Olive Kickapoo Church.
Survivors include three brothers, Ned McNurlan & his wife Elza of Los Fresno, Texas, Ted McNurlan & his wife Beulah of West York, and Leon McNurlan & his wife Janice of Martinsville; three sisters, Juanita Moody of Champaign, Nellie Handley & her husband Richard of Aurora, and Bonnie Bales & her husband Norman of Warsaw, Ind. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Evelyn Simons.
Funeral services were at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 7, 2002 at Markwell & Son Funeral Home in Casey with Rev. Charles Finney. Burial following in Lindsey Cemetery. Visitation was one hour prior to services.
[From the Marshall Independent Choice - 7 Nov 2002 - Submitted by: Larry Wells]



Emma Miller
Emma Miller, daughter of Samuel and Emaline Miller was born in Indiana, March 21, 1860, and departed this life October 17, 1940, at her home two miles east of Casey , aged 80 years, 7 months and 26 days.
She was married to John Piersall August 25, 1878. To this union were born seven children, four boys and three girls, one son having preceded her in death. Those left to mourn her departure are the husband, three sons, Willis, Dick and Frank, three daughters, Katherine, Lula, and Mary, 14 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews and a host of relatives and friends. She will be greatly missed by her children and grandchildren, having always been such a good loving mother and grandmother.
[ca. 1940 - Submitted by: Janice Louie ]



Fred Miller
Fred Miller, 65 Succumbs Friday
Fred Harris Miller, eldest son of the late Henry and Leona Martin Miller was born in Taylorville, Christian County, Ill. Feb. 9, 1887 and departed this life May 23, 1952, age 65 years, 3months, 1 day.
June 2, 1918 he was united in marriage to Hetta Watson, who survives.
He resided most of his life in Ill., living in Danville, Ill. for 15 years and the past 7 years on a farm southeast of Martinsville.
He leaves to mourn his loss the widow, 3 brothers, 4 sisters, his wife's parents Mr and Mrs T. J. Watson and children who have been like father and mother and brothers and sisters to him.
He was of protestant faith and a veteran of World War I.
Interment at Veteran's Administration Cemetery, Danville, Ill.
[From the Martinsville Planet - Wed May 28, 1952 - Submitted by: Phyllis A. Watson Snider]



Hetta (Watson) Miller
Hetta (Watson) Miller, 89 of Birchwood, formerly of Martinsville, died at 2:45 p.m Sunday, April 24, 1983, at the Union Hospital, Terre Haute, Ind.
She was born March 13, 1894 in Martinsville, the daughter of Jack and Mary (Fasig) Watson. She married Fred Miller who preceded her in death in 1952.
Surviving are two brothers, Charley Watson of Westville, Ill and Lee Watson of Upland, California, and two sisters, Mrs. Mildred Kentner of Crawfordsville, Ind and Retta Staley of Tampa, Fla.
Mrs. Miller was a retired sales clerk for Meis Department Store in Danville, IL.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Wednesday, April 27 at the Greenwell Funeral Home in Martinsville with Rev. George Nikka officiating. Burial will be in the Ridgelawn Cemetery. Visitation will be after 10:00 am, Wednesday, April 27, 1983
[ca. 1983 - Submitted by H. Lee Watson ]



John Mitchell Miller
John Mitchell Miller, son of Andrew (Smith) and Julia Miller, was born in Cook county, Ohio July 17, 1860: died May 28, 1920, aged 59 years, 10 months, and 11 days. He was removed with his parents to Illinois, when a small boy; grew to manhood near Casey, Ill. He was married to Dora L. Hammock, in the year 1878. To this union was born ten children, three having preceded him in death in infancy. Those of his family who survive him are his wife, five sons, Frank, Harry, Arch, Stanley and Sanford, two daughters, Myra Philippi and Grace Havens, two brothers, Joseph and Walter, two sisters, Lydia Payne and Julia Ratner; besides many other close relatives and a host of friends.
John, as we all knew him, was a kind hearted, loving and cheerful father and husband, always ready to do a kind act to anyone in need. He had been in poor health for some time, but only in the last few weeks had is condition appeared ???? notwithstanding the fact he received but little encouragement from his physicians, he looked forward to the time when he would get well. It was not until the last few days that he seemed to realize his only hope was in death, but was never heard to murmur or complain, having informed his wife that his peace was made and he had nothing to dread in the future. Again, may we not say God's will not ours, be done.
[ca. 1920 - Submitted by: Cathy Shields, who adds: "there is no Cook county, Ohio" ]



V. V. Miller
V. V. Miller, of Dolson, Clark county, suicided at Effingham last week.
[From the Newton Press, Jasper County, IL, Dec. 30, 1885 - Submitted by: June Swick Kessinger]



J. G. Millhouse
John George and Elizabeth Ann (Snyder) Millhouse
John and Elizabeth were parents of John Wesley Millhouse. John Wesley married Frances Chaney.
John George Millhouse was born in Marion County, Ohio June 21, 1845. He died at Clarksville, IL Clark County June 15, 1903 at the age of 57 years, 11 months and 24 days. He was buried in the Clarksville Cemetery, Clark County IL
John George Millhouse married Elizabeth Ann Snyder December 15,1870. There were seven children born to this union: William F. Millhouse, Mary Alice Millhouse, James E. Millhouse, Cora Ann Millhouse, John Wesley Millhouse, Harry Millhouse and Claon Millhouse.
In the early years of his life he was a member of the German Evangelical Church, about nine miles north of Clarksville. He was member for nearly 20 years. He later transferred his membership to the Clarksville M. E. Church.
Funeral services was held in the Baptist Church.
[Clark County Herald 23-June-1903 - Submitted by Kenneth Ledermann "kledermann@netzero.net"]



Mary Evelyn Mockbee

Henning - Mary Evelyn Mockbee, 70, of Henning, died at 10:30 a.m. Wednesay (Jan 13, 1993) at her home.
She was born Dec. 15, 1922, in Martinsville, Ill., the daughter of Charles T. and Nora Ehtel Reedy Watson.
She married Charles D. Mockbee Jr. on Oct. 4, 1942 in Danville. He died Aug. 16, 1987.
Survivors include: two daughters, Janice (Bob) Gauf of Danville and Gloria (Rick) Crippin of Henning; two sons, Ronald (Janet) Mockbee and Charles (Peggy) Mockbee III, both of Danville; nine grandchildren; a sister, Etherl Maureen Davis of Danville; two half sisters, Phyllis Snider of Danville and Charlene Frazee of Camdenton, Mo.; a special cousin, Billy Watson of LaPorte, Ind. She also was proceeded in death by a grandson.
She was a 1941 graduate of Danville High School where she was an honor student. She was a lady that was very knowledgeable about world affairs and politics. She gave her time to helping others and a grandmother who adorned and loved her grandchildren. She enjoyed reading and her garden, with special attention to her roses.
Service: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Wolfe Funeral Home in Potomac; Officiating: Rev Roger James.
The place of rest: Potomac Cemetery.
Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials: donor's choice.
[c. 1993 Submitted by: Phyllis A. Watson Snider ]



Anna Marie (Cannaday) Monk
Shortly after the sun had risen above the horizon on Saturday,January 15, death claimed one of our number and freed Marie from bodily pain at the age of 45 years, 2 months, and 26 days.
She was of a loving disposition and always had a smile and kind work for all. Being much attached to (small piece of paper torn here) there she found happiness in making a place of peace and contentment for her loved ones.
Anna Marie, the daughter of Levi Clarence and Mattie E. Cannady, was born in Clark County, Illinois, on October 21, 1898.
In 1914, she was united in marriage to Jess L. Monk, who preceded her in death in 1931. To this union were born 4 sons, and 1 daughter. One son Jesse Lee, departed life in 1934.
Then in 1936, she was united to Oliver Perry Maxwell. This union was blessed with 1 son.
Her entire life was spent in Clark County, with the exception of the past five years. In 1939, she moved to Gary, Indiana, where she gained a large circle of friends.
Her leaving brings a shadow of loneliness to her home and community where she was loved by all.
She leaves to mourn her departure, her companion, Oliver, one daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Sanders, four sons, Arthur, Robert and Charles Monk and Oliver Junior Maxwell, all of Gary, Indiana, an aged mother, four sisters and two brothers as follows: Mrs. Pearl Medsker, Mrs. Joye
Misner, Mrs. Maggie White, Miss Ruby Cannady, Ira and William, all of near West Union, Illinois, five grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Gone from a world of sorrow,
Gone from a bed of pain
Into eternal gladness
Never to weep again.
Gone where no storms of sorrow,
Sweep o'er her troubled breast
Gone from a dark to-morrow,
To everlasting rest.
Funeral services were held from (small piece of the paper torn here) the Baptist church at West Union (small piece of the paper torn here) Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock.
Burial was in the Harris cemetery.*
[submitted by Misty Curl <curl1@consolidated.net>
]
*Buried along with her husband Jesse Monk and their son Jesse Jr.


Sylvester Monroney
SUICIDE OF A FORMER SHELBY MAN
News was recently received by his friends in this county, that Sylvester Monroney, of Casey, Illinois, had committed suicide by cutting his throat. Deceased was formerly a resident of Marion Township, and removed to Illinois, about twenty years ago, where he engaged in farming. At the time of his death he was about fifty0five years old, and leaves a wife and several children. He was a brother of Mrs. Clarissa Bennefield, also of the wives of Oliver, Jonah and Sylvester Bassett and father of Mrs. Melvin Bowman. We are not informed as to the cause of this act of self-destruction.
[Shelbyville Volunteer, Shelbyville, Indiana; Thursday, March 21, 1878 - Submitted by Marge Roberts.]



Opal Morrill
Opal Morrill, 85, of Martinsville died at 1:25 a.m., Tues day, October 8, at Burnsides Nursing Home in Marshall.
She was born November 12, 1910 in Dolson Twp. to Jeff and Elnora Auld Davis. She married Sylvan Morrill, who preceded her in death.
Survivors include: 1 son, John Morrill; 2 grandchildren, Brian and Joe Morrill; 3 great grandchildren, Michael, Audrey and Adam.
She was preceded in death by a son, Harold Eugene Morrill; a daughter, Nora Marcella Morrill; a grandson, John Eric Morrill.
She was a member of the Blue Grass Church of God.
Funeral Service will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, October 10, at Greenwell Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Hollensbe officiating. Burial will be at Bean Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9.
[From the Marshall Independent Choice - 9 Oct 1996 - Submitted by: Larry Wells ]


Miss Aliel Mumford
Miss Aliel Mumford, daughter of Thomas and Nancy Mumford, was born Oct. 8, 1843, in Muskingum County, Ohio, and died April 13, 1919, aged 75 years, 6 month and 5 days. She was nine years of age when she came with her parents to Illinois, and located near Casey, Ill., where she lived all her life excepting eleven months.
She was united in marriage to Wm. Ray in 1865. To this union were born four children, two boys and two girls. The oldest boy, and Walter, and one girl, Roxie, preceded her in death. One girl, Millie Kenetze, of Taylorville, Ill., survives.
She lived a widow about ten years when she was again united in marriage in November 1881, to Christopher Alier. To this union were born three children, one boy and two girls, James Alier, Elizabeth Robinson, and Mary Robinson, all of Casey. Mr. Alier, her husband, died May 14, 1891.
Mrs. Alier has twelve grandchildren, eight great grand children, and many other relatives to mourn their loss.
She professed faith in Christ in her last few days of life.
Funeral at her home by the writer, April 15th, at 10 o’clock. Interment in Casey cemetery.
Rev. W. R. Johnson
[From the scrapbook of George W. Orndorff (1854-1934) of Casey & Johnson Twp., Clark County, IL. Transcribed by S. Barhydt, great-granddaughter (folksandmore@yahoo.com)]
Grace E. Myers
Westfield, IL -- Mrs. GRACE E. MYERS, 79 years old, died at her home here. She was a Westfield resident 76 years.
Surviving are 2 nieces and nephews, including Mrs. Rachael Walters of Westfield. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Westfield Methodist Church. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery. The body is at the Swinford Funeral Home.
[Terre Haute Tribune - Saturday, March 7, 1953]

March 28, 1924 Trib. pg 1.
KILLED ON HIGHWAY
Paris, IL- March 28- Alonzo (should of been Alphonzo) Murphy, 63 years old, was killed Thursday evening, half a mile south of Oliver, when he was struck by a Buick roadster driven by John Shields, a Paris mail carrier.  Murphy, who had resided with his daughter, Mrs. Ernie Hall, of Oliver, was on his way to Marshall, and was walking on the paved road between the two towns.  Shields says he was driving about 25  miles an hour, and did not see Murphy in time to avoid striking him.
The injured man was rushed to the Paris hospital, but was dead on arrival here.  He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Sam Umbarger and Mrs. Orville Shonk, both of Metcalf, and Mrs. Hall, of Oliver.
Submitted by Genia Niswender Berry

THE PARIS DAILY BEACON
Friday, March 28, 1924
PEDESTRIAN DIES WHEN HIT BY AUTO ON PAVED ROAD
Alphonso Murphy, 63 years old a well known resident of Oliver was killed Thursday night about 7 o'clock while walking south on the state road.
Mr. Murphy earlier in the evening had informed his daughter, Mrs. Ernie Hall with whom he made his home, that he proposed to walk to Marshall. He left the house, paused a few minutes in a village pool room, and started on the journey.
At a point two miles south of the village he was struck by a Buick car, driven by John Shields, a rural mail carrier.
At first it was not believed that Mr. Murphy was seriously hurt.  He was lifted into the car, which made all possible speed to the Paris hospital.  When the attendants sought to lift the victim to carry him into the building it was found he had died during the ride.
The body was taken to the Link Morgue and the Coroner Dr. J. W. Martin, will hold an inquest.
Mr. Shields, who was driving north at about 25 miles an hour and did not see the pedestrian in time to avoid striking him, was partly blinded by the rays of glaring headlights on a car approaching him and this contributed to the fact that he was not able to distinguished objects in the gloom.
The Shields car was on the right side of the road.
A near as could be told Mr. Murphy was walking near the center of the right hand track.  The crash came almost immediately after the car with the bright lights passed the Shields car.
The Buick car was occupied by the owner and Elwin Daniels and the accounts of the accident given by the two men are identical.
The deceased is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Samuel Umbarger and Mrs. Orville Shonk both of Metcalf and Mrs. Ernie Hall of Oliver with whom he lived.
Several witnesses were examined by the coronor's jury which Friday afternoon inquired into the causes leading to the death of Mr. Murphy.  The jury after hearing all the evidence agreed on a verdict freeing Shields from all blame in the matter.
Submitted by Genia Niswender Berry

The Marshall Herald
April 13, 1921
Mrs. Mary Murphy, who formerly lived at Pleasant Grove, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ernie Hall, at Metcalf, Monday morning, April 4, 1921.  She suffered a stroke some three years ago and for the past year was afflicted with dropsy.  She was 63 years of age.  Her funeral was held at the Clarksville Baptist church Tuesday afternoon, con- leaves to mourn, her husband, Alphonso Murphy and four daughters, besides a host of other relatives and friends.  The body was laid to rest in the Clarksville cemetery.
(Note I typed this from the newspaper article and I believe there was some left out after the word CON-.)
Submitted by Genia Niswender Berry

The Marshall Herald
April 13, 1921
OBITUARY-MRS. A. MURPHY
Mary Molizina Daniels was born January 28, 1858 and died April 4, 1921, aged 63 years, 2 months and 7 days.
She was united in marriage to Aphonzo Murphy in the year of 1874 and to this union were born seven children, three having preceded their mother in death.
She bore her suffering patiently and was willing to meet her Savior.  She was a kind and loving mother and will be greatly missed by her children and friends.
Funeral services were held at Clarksville church by Rev. Bert Eckel and interment in cemetery nearby.
Submitted by Genia Niswender Berry

Obit 17 June, 1903 Clark Co. Democrat, Marshall, IL
Another Pioneer Gone
The death of Thomas Murphy which occurred June 6 near Clarksville removed from the county one of her oldest citizens and a pioneer settler.  He was  born in Ohio County, West Virginia, Jan 23, 1811, where he resided until he was six years old.  His father's family then moved to Kentucky where they resided nine years.  From there they moved to Fayette County, IN and thence to Rush County in that state where our subject resided until he was twenty-two years old.
On December 19, 1832 he was married to Sarah Sutton.  To this union were born eight children, five sons, and three daughters.  Three children, Alphonso Murphy, Mrs. Mary J. Miller and Mrs. William Findley, survive.  His wife died June 19, 1864, and on July 13, 1868, he was married to Rebecca Barrett who also preceded him in death.
In 1848 Mr. Murphy came to Clark County, IL and here he continued to live until death called him at the advanced age of 92 years, 4 months and 13 days.
In 1854 he joined the United Brethren Church and ever afterward lived a consistent christian life.  When the U. B. Church was removed from the community he united with the Baptist Church at Clarksville and remained a faithful member.  He was a kind and afectionate father, an accommodating neighbor and an honorable and upright citizen. 
The funeral services were conducted at the residence by Rev. T.D. Davis and were attended by a large number of sorrowing relatives and friends.
Father, behold Thy children's deep woe;
Unto our sins do Thou mercy show,
Draw near our hearts in our day of affliction;
Grand to our souls Thy divine benediction.
                                                       P.E.F.

Submitted by Genia Niswender Berry



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