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BARGER, (M. E.), Rev. John S.


b. Culpepper County, Va. Dec 5, 1802, m. Sarah A. T. Baker, 1827, Came to Ill. 1834, d. Clinton, Ill. Jan. 4, 1877.Ch. John Barger, R. N. Barger, Wm, M. Barger, R. W. Barger. [Compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer in 1912 - Submitted by Teri Colglazier]

BARNETT, Alexander L.


Submitted by Sue Barnett Gaumer - April 30, 1886 Death of One of the Early Pioneers ALEXANDER L. BARNETT Joins the Silent Majority. The history of the Barnett family is an important part of the early history of DeWitt County. They came from Kentucky, and made their first home in what is now called Barnett township?being named in honor of the family. The Barnetts were of Scotch-Irish stock, and settled in Virginia in the beginning of the eighteenth century. The grandfather of Alexander L. Barnett was born in Virginia in 1754, and during the revolutionary war served as regimental surgeon in the Virginia continentals. Dr. Barnett was an ardent admirer of the teachings of Thomas Jefferson, and he resolved that his children should not dwell on a soil tainted with slavery. He did not get to this land of freedom himself, but in his will he provided that his sons and their families should carry out his wishes. Two of Dr. Barnett's sons died without issue, and his surviving son, John, was entrusted the carrying out of the Doctor's wishes. The Barnett family had removed from Virginia to Bourbon County, Ky., at the close of the revolutionary war, where they bought seven hundred and ten acres of land. In the Doctor's will it was provided that three hundred and twenty acres of the land should be sold and invested in free soil for the benefit of his descendants, and the remainder of the land was willed to John Barnett, the father of Alexander L., and his sister's descendants in fee simple. John Barnett was a soldier in the war of 1812. In 1830 he came to Illinois and bought land in this county. Robert F. BARNETT, the oldest son of John, came to this county in 1832 and settled on lands previously entered by his father. Alexander L., the third son, came from Kentucky in 1831, and located in Clintonia Township, on the farm which he owned till the time of his death. John Barnett, the father of the DeWitt county Barnetts, removed to this county years after his sons came here, and spent the remaining days of his life on free soil, carrying out the wishes of the old revolutionary hero, Dr. Alexander Barnett. So intensely opposed were the elder Barnetts to the institution of slavery that they made no effort to bring slaves to this State, although under the existing laws at that time they could have done so. Alexander L. Barnett, who died at the home of his son in this city this morning, at half-past three o'clock, was born in Bourbon County, Ky., on the 15th of October, 1810, so that at the time of his death he was seventy-five years, six months and fifteen days old. His death thins out the number of the early settlers of DeWitt County. There is probably not more than two or three now living in the county who were here when Alexander L. Barnett came. The only name of the early settlers we can now recall is that of Judge John J. McGraw, who for two or three months past has been confined to his home by sickness. In early life Alexander L. Barnett acquired a fair education, and in his younger days studied the art of surveying. In 1839, seven years after he came to this county, he was elected the first surveyor of the county, which office he held continually for nearly twenty-one years. Although he was the owner of nearly four hundred acres of land,within four miles of this city, he did not give much attention to farming, his professional duties requiring almost his entire time. Even after he went out of office he did the greater part of the surveying in all parts of the county, as the old settlers thought no one as capable as Mr. Barnett. In 1879 he was again elected county surveyor, and held the office till the time of his death. Indeed it might be said that he died in the harness, for when he was taken sick one week ago yesterday he was engaged in surveying near Kenney. Politically, Alexander L. Barnett was a Democrat till the time of the organization of the Greenback party a few years ago. His first Presidential vote was cast for Martin Van Buren, and he kept faithfully in the ranks till Peter Cooper's candidacy. He never belonged to any church or secret society. Alexander L. Barnett was a man of vigorous mind and marked characteristics of character. He was positive in his views and would not swerve from what he considered right. He was not dogmatic, and conceded to others the same rights he demanded for himself the right to exercise his own judgment in religion, politics, and on all public questions. In his dealings with the world he was fair and honorable, but unfortunately for his own pocket he was not exacting in his demands when it came to his own private business. His friendship could always be relied upon, and he was just as tenacious in his dislikes. An open opponent he respected, but he had the utmost contempt for that class of people who go through the world with a knife up their sleeves. His home was always open for the entertainment of friend or stranger. In his younger days Mr. Barnett was a great hunter, like all of the early settlers, and the habit clung to him through his life. With his dog and gun he enjoyed the hours he could spare from his business. He said that where Clinton now stands he often enjoyed the chase for deer and other game.A week ago yesterday he was taken sick while engaged in surveying near Kenney. He was brought to Clinton Saturday and taken to his son's (W. B.'s) house. His disease developed into typhoid-pneumonia, and during the greater portion of his sickness he was delirious. His death was not unexpected. The funeral services will take place from the old homestead, three and one-half miles west of Clinton, on Sunday morning at eleven o'clock.For fifty years he had lived in the old homestead. There all of his children were born. He was the father of twelve children, six of whom with his aged wife survive him. The four sons living are William B., James R., John A., and Alexander. Mrs. Casandra McDonald and Mrs. Juliet Morrow are his daughters. He had twenty-one grandchildren and one great grandchild.

BARR, Hamilton

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Old Resident of Waynesville Dies of Kidney trouble. Waynesville, Ills., Oct 5. Hamilton Barr died a mile and a half southwest of here Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, after an illness with kidney and other diseases which have affected him since last July. Mr. Barr was born two miles west of here Dec 13, 1826, and was a son of John and Comfort Barr. During all his life he was resided in this vicinity and died within a mile of his birthlace. A few years ago he owned over 1,200 acres of the finest farm land in this section of the state but lost the bulk of it in the grain business. He was the father of eleven children, eight of whom, with his wife survive. They are Albert of Kansas, Mrs. Michael Schuh of Greenfield, IA.; Mrs. James Adair, Mrs. J.C. Wilson, Mrs. David Organ, William, Edward and Nancy, all residing in this vicinity, the last three at home. Mr. Barr was one of the most highly respected men in this community.[The Daily Review, 5 Oct 1903, pg 7]


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Died at home in Farmer City, Wednesday, July 5, 1899, 10:30 a.m., W. T. BEAN, 61 years, 3 months, 10 days. Funeral: at home, July 7. Kenilworth Lodge No. 60 K. of P., Popular Camp No. 253, M. W. A. Burial: City Cemetery. [Source: Death/funeral cards -- tr by Linda Kingery.]


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Died in Clinton, on Thursday 28th inst., of sore throat, Anna, infant daughter of C. H. and S. A. BEERES, aged three months. [DeWitt Courier, 5 Sep 1856 -- TT-- tr by Linda Kingery]

BELL, John W.

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d. at his res. 6 miles east of Clinton, Ill. March ..., 1871, aged 48 years . [Compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer in 1912 - Submitted by Teri Colglazier]

BOWLES, Infant daughter

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Wednesday at Hallville occurred the death of the infant daughter of Mr and Mrs. Mont Bowles. [The Daily Review, 20 Jan 1905, pg 5]

BOYD, Lee Ann

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CLINTON — Lee Ann Boyd, 65, of Clinton, Ill., passed away at 6:35 p.m. on December 2, 2013 at Manor Court, Clinton. A visitation will not be held. The family has entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with cremation rites. Services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the DeWitt County animal shelter. Lee was born on November 21, 1948 in Clinton, daughter of Robert Dane Burns and Harriett J. Hensley. She married Butch Boyd on July 25, 1965 in Kenney, Ill. Survivors include daughter Bonny L. (Don) Hammer, Clinton, Ill.; son Mike (Patricia) Boyd, Flower Mound, Texas; two grandsons Zack Boyd and Kyle Hammer; one granddaughter Jordan Hammer, and a sister Lori Jo White, Clinton, Ill. Her parents preceded her in death. Lee worked for Peterson Insurance Agency for more than 30 years. She was a member of the Red Hat Society. [Source: Clinton Journal]

BROWNE, Clark J.

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WAYNESVILLE – Clark J Browne, 58, a former Waynesville resident, died Monday night at the hospital in Freeport. Funeral services were conducted at 2 pm Wednesday at the first Presbyterian Church in Freeport, with Dr. D. L. McNary officiating. Burial was made at Oakland. Mr. Browne was born at Dakota July 18, 1880 the son of John and Sarah C. Young Browne. The family moved to Waynesville where he attended high school. Following his graduation, he attended Monmouth College. He then became a salesman for the tropical Bible Company. About 30 years ago, he returned to Freeport, where he has since resided. At the time of his death, he was president of the C. F. Hildreth Real Estate and Insurance Company in Freeport. He was married to Miss Sue Rodebough June 5, 1915. She died April 4, 1925. He was again married November 2, 1929 to Miss Pansy Smith Hea, who survives. Also surviving are three sisters and one brother, Mrs. Ada Rinker and Mrs. Nell Wolfe, both of Freeport; Mrs. Martha Sampson, Waynesville and John H. Browne, Corpus Christi, Texas. [Source: Pantagraph 16 Dec 1938, tr. Susan Rogers]