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Married Janiah Crab, and moved from Mount Sterling, Ohio, to DeWitt county, Illinois, in 1854, near the present site of the town of DeWitt, and resided there until his death in 1880, leaving his widow and several sons and daughters. After his death the widow lived with her daughter in Farmer City, Ill. Source: "History of the Haggard family in England and America, 1433 to 1899; by David D. Haggard, 1899]

HALL, Hannah


Died, Mrs. Hannah HALL, consort of Mahlon HALL, in the sixty-ninth year of her age. She was an exemplary member of the Christian Church. [DeWitt Courier, 4 Apr 1856 -- TT-- tr by Linda Kingery]

HALL, Lina


WAYNESVILLE – Ralph Sprague and Miss Melbda booth attended the funeral of Mrs. Lina Hall in Peoria Sunday. Mrs. Hall, who was a former Waynesville resident, died Friday afternoon at the home of her son, Frank Hall, Peoria. She was born in Waynesville May 8, 1854, the daughter of William and Matilda Dragstrem Pyles. She was married to Adolphus E. Hall January 30, 1881 at Waynesville and had since lived in Peoria. [Source: The Pantagraph, 29 Sep 1931 tr: Susan Rogers]



WAYNESVILLE MAN DIES OF ACCIDENT. James Harter shot by the unexpected discharge of his gun. James Harter of Waynesville died at 3:25 Friday afternoon at St. Mary's hospital from the effects of a bullet wound in the abdomen. Mr. Harter was shooting rats Tuesday afternoon at his home in Waynesville. The rifle was accidentally discharged and the bullet passed through his stomach. He was placed on a freight train that happened to be at the station and brought to the hospital in Decatur. At first, it was thought he stood a chance of recovery, but it was later found that an operation could do him no good. The body was taken to Moran's undertaking establishment and prepared for burial, and Saturday morning taken to his home in Waynesville.[The Daily Review, 4 Apr 1908, pg1]

HAWTHORNE, Lucille (Reinhardt)

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Farmer City – Mrs. Lucille F Hawthorne, 49, of rural Farmer City died at 10:30 PM Thursday at Mennonite Hospital in Bloomington. She had been ill 12 days. Her funeral will be at 2 PM Monday at the Stensel Funeral Home, with Rev. Arthur Woolley officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 8:53 PM Sunday at the funeral home.

She was born August 12, 1919, near Farmer City, a daughter of Jesse and Ressie Reinhardt Grimes. She was married to Francis Hawthorne January 28, 1939, at Farmer City. Surviving are her parents; her husband; three daughters, Mrs. Charles Swanson, Paxton; Mrs. James Castor, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Mrs. Jane Hawthorne, at home; a brother, Charles Grimes, Farmer City. She was a member of the Weedman United Methodist Church. (Source: The Pantagraph, 15 Mar 1969, pg 21)

HEFNER, Kate (Mangle)

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Lexington – the funeral of Mrs. Kate Hefner, 88, a lifetime resident of Lexington who died at 5 PM Tuesday at Mercy Hospital, Urbana, will be at 2 PM Friday at the Church of Christ, Uniting. The Rev. George Kemp will officiate with burial in Lexington Cemetery. Visitation will be 729 tonight at the Musselman Funeral Home.

She was born near Farmer City August 20, 1884, a daughter of George and Sarah Michaels Mangle. She was married to Louis L Hefner December 24, 1906 in Lexington. He died in 1947. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Brenda Trautmann, Kenosha, Wisconsin; Mrs. Janice Elder, Lexington; Mrs. Janet Hardman, St. Joseph; a son, Ruric M, horseshoe Bend, Arkansas; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Two brothers also preceded her in death. She was a member of the Church of Christ, Uniting, and memorials may be made to the church.


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Died on Tuesday, October 7, Clara Victoria, daughter of John H. and Mary HENDRICK, aged 20 months. [DeWitt Courier, 15 Oct 1856 -- TT-- tr by Linda Kingery]

HENKE, Nancy (Leffler) (Vinson)

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Waynesville woman found dead in bed. Mrs. Nancy Henke, 84, was found dead in bed at about 4:30 PM Tuesday at her home here by a daughter, Mrs. Edith Cisco. Mrs. Henke had reportedly been in good health and was seen placing a milk bottle on her porch at 6 AM Tuesday. Dr. T. E. Marvel, called to examine the body, reported death was caused by heart ailment. Mrs. Cisco found the body of her mother when she went to the home to visit. When her mother failed to answer her not, she broke through the screen door and entered the house. The body was taken to Pullen and Boos Funeral Chapel at Clinton. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Coroner John Harrington has not made a report on it inquiry into the death.

Mrs. Henke was born May 20, 1864, in Logan County, a daughter of Michael and Louisa Marie Leffler. She was first married to Walter Skelly and then to Frank Vinson in 1894. She was later married to Henry Henke November 28, 1908. Surviving are the following children: John Skelly, Rosamond; William and Walter Vinson, both of Clinton; Mrs. Cora Sprague, Decatur; Mrs. Cisco, Waynesville; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Hattie Shaffer of California; two stepsons, John Vinson, Mount Vernon, and Chester Henke, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; 19 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren she was a member of the Christian church. (Source: the Pantagraph, 6 April 1949, page 5)

HICKMAN, Mary Byrd

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Born 1807; married Thomas J. Rogers, died in Dewitt county, Illinois in 1838

HICKMAN, Paschal P

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Born 1814, died 1853 in DeWitt county, Illinois.[Source: Genealogies of the Lewis and Kindred Families; by John Meriwether McAllister: E.W. Stephens Pub. Co.,1906]

HILEMAN, Ola Blair

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Died at home in Bloomington, Thursday, 21 November 1901, 2:00 p.m., Mrs. Ola Blair HILEMAN, 27 years, 2 months, 16 days. Funeral: Christian Church, November 23.[Source: Death/funeral cards -- tr by Linda Kingery

HILL, George L

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Died November 30, 1887 at Clinton Illinois.[Source:Genealogies of the Lewis and Kindred Families; by John Meriwether McAllister: E.W. Stephens Pub. Co.,1906]

HILL, Louisa Verona

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Born 1802; married in 1822 George L. Hill, born near Fredericksburg in 1797. She died at Clinton, Illinois, September 25, 1886. nee Hickman) [Source: "Genealogies of the Lewis and Kindred Families" by John Meriwether McAllister: E.W. Stephens Pub. Co., 1906]


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Ernest L Hoffman is dead near Waynesville. Waynesville, June 12 – Ernest L Hoffman, Pioneer resident of Elm Grove neighborhood, southeast of Waynesville, died Saturday night after an illness of two years. Mr. Hoffman came to Elm Grove in 1864, and has been a resident of that vicinity since that time. He was one of the first settlers in that community and was well known throughout DeWitt County. Mr. Hoffman was born in Mechanicsburg Ohio and was the son of George and Aleatha Hoffman. He was married to Laura Samuels, December 25, 1871, to which Union two sons were born the widow also survives, with 10 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one sister Mrs. Sarah Graham of Clinton. Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock at the home, in charge of Rev. RL Steed pastor of the M.E. church here. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at Clinton. The Knights of Pythias Lodge will be in charge of the ceremonies and eight grandsons will act as pallbearers. [Source: The Pantagraph 13 June 1927, tr. Susan Rogers]

HOGE , A. J.

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Lane Resident Dead - A. J. Hoge of Lane died Tuesday morning at 9:30 of heart trouble. He had been in very poor health for a year or more. His age was about 75 and he was one of the oldest residents of that section. His children are William Hoge, Maroa; Joseph Hoge, Ospur; Charles Hoge, Mrs. Lily Miller, Mrs. Emma Hassinger, Mrs. Rosa Gray, all of Lane. Besides these, the aged wife survives [Daily Review Clinton, Illinois April 12, 1905 - submitted by B. Ziegenmeyer]

HOLMES, Pamela Kay

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CLINTON — Pamela Kay Holmes, 61, of Clinton, Ill., formerly of Decatur, Ill. passed away on Wednesday (Dec 25, 2013) in St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur. A service to celebrate Pam's life will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday (Dec. 30, 2013) at Dawson & Wikoff West Wood St. Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 - 6:45 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials can be made to the American Heart Association. Pam was born on January 22, 1952, in St. Mary's, the daughter of the late Floyd and Dorothy (Frazee) Eversole. She was married to her best friend Jeffery S. Holmes on August 24, 1966. She was a registered respiratory therapist and loved her job and helping people. She also was an artist including stained glass, knitting, photography, quilting and her birthday cakes. Pam was a wonderful cook as well. Survivors include her husband; two sons Jeremy (Kimberly) Holmes, of Clinton, Ill., and Dylan Holmes of Clinton, Ill.; five grandchildren Bayleigh, Brock, Bryce, Gage and Arianna Holmes; one brother Steve (Kris) Eversole, of Decatur, Ill.; Latisha Pride (Gage's Mom) and Emily Kitchens (Arianna's Mom); several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, as well as many relatives and friends also survive. My best friend, my lover, my wife left this world last night to be with Jesus. RIP Pam Holmes. [Source: Clinton Journal]


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Died at his home in Farmer City, Friday, 29 September 1899, at 11:40 p. m., A. B. HORN, 56 years and 24 days. Funeral: M. P. Church, October 1. Lodge No. 126, I. O. O. F. Burial: City Cemetery.[Source: Death/funeral cards -- tr by Linda Kingery.]

HOOKER, Mildred E

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Mildred E Hooker, 89, of Clinton died at Crestview nursing center of Clinton at 3:43 am on June 13, 1999. Services will be at 11 am Wednesday at Calvert funeral home in Clinton. Rev Bert McIntosh will preside. Burial will be at Memorial Park cemetery in Clinton. Visitation will be one hour before services at Calvert funeral home in Clinton. She was born in Creek Twp., DeWitt Co. on Oct 19, 1909; daughter of Elmer F Garmire and Alice Miller. She married Richard P Doc Hooker on 10-31-1936 in Bloomington and he preceded her in death on March 14, 1988. They were married 51 yrs. She is survived by her sons; Jared (wife Jane) Hooker in Clinton and Robin (wife Jackie) Hooker of Clinton; two daughters, Joan Russell of Decatur and Denise (husband Rudy) Scott of Bradenton, Florida; 12 grandchildren; Jennifer (husband Rob) Matthews of Normal, Jeffrey Russell of Decatur, Michelle (husband Tom) Hobson of Phoenix, Arizona, Eric Hooker, Rich Hooker, Tim Hooker, Joe Hooker and John Hooker, all of Clinton, J. D. Chandler of Bradenton, Florida and seven great-grandchildren; Jade Russell and Kalan Russell of DeWitt, Tracy Lou Ann Hartsock of Globe, Arizona, Cameron Mathews, Duncan Mathews, Erin Mathews and Nolan Mathews of Normal. She was preceded in death by a daughter; Lou Ann Beck and grandson Chris Russell. She was a member of Clinton United Methodist church, she attended Stephens college, Browns business college and Millikin university. She worked for Clintonia Twp. relief prior to her marriage. Memorials may be made to Crestview activity fund or donor's choice.[Daily Clinton journal 06-14-1999 - Submitted by April Hennes]

HOOKER, Richard P." Doc"

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Richard Paul Hooker, 77, 505 N. Center St., Clinton, died at 1:22 am Monday March 14, 1988 at St. Johns' hospital, Springfield. Memorial services will be Thursday March 17, 1988 at 2 pm at Pullen-Boos funeral chapel with Pastor C Don Ferrill officiating. Visitation will be made 1 pm until service time Thursday. Interment will be in Memorial Park cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Dr John Warner hospital lifeline program, the St. John's cardiac intensive center unit or to a charity of the donor's choice. Mr. Hooker was born 04-17-1910 in Dewitt, the son of Dr Henry K and Nellie Mildred (Rockhold) Hooker. He married Mildred E. Garmire 10-31-1936 in Bloomington. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Jared Garmire Hooker and Robin Kent Hooker both of Clinton; two daughters Joan N. Russell and C Denise Helm both of Decatur; 13 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter. Mr Hooker was a member of the Clinton United Methodist church, a retired locomotive engineer with the Illinois Central gulf railroad, a member of the brotherhood of locomotive engineers and a member of the Clinton Elks Lodge.[Daily Clinton Journal 03-15-1988 - Submitted by April Hennes]

HOOSE, Emelia (Michaels)

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WAYNESVILLE – Funeral services for Mrs. Emelia Hoose, 91, who died Sunday at her home, will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Waynesville Methodist church in charge of the Rev. Donald Arthur. Interment will be in Atlanta Cemetery. The body was taken to Tuttle Funeral Home in Atlanta and will be returned to the residence Monday evening. The deceased was one of the oldest residents of this community and a lifetime resident. She was born near here Aug 30, 1858, daughter of Gustavus and Elizabeth Barr Michaels. She was married March 8. 1880, to John Hoose. He died Jan 1931. Surviving is a son, Willis Hoose, in Waynesville. Two grandchildren and five great grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by two daughters, a brother and five sisters. [Transcribed by: Susan Rogers]


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Jan 3, 1930; John Hoose, one of Waynesville's oldest and most respected residents, died at his home one-half-mile south of town at 12:55 a.m., Saturday. He had been in poor health for about two years, but had only been bedfast for a few days, the immediate cause of his death being uraemic poisoning. Mr Hoose was born in Germany, 3 June 1848, and at the age of two and one-half years came with his parents to America. In February, 1880, he was married to Miss Amelia Michaels. To this union three children were born, two little daughters, who died in infancy and one son, Willis Hoose, of Waynesville. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Amelia Hoose, the one son, Willis, and two grandchildren, Helen and Mark Hoose. He was a member of Wayne Lodge, A.F. & A.M., No. 172 of Waynesville [Transcribed by: Susan Rogers]

HOOSE, Mark C.

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Mark C Hoose, 57, of Waynesville, died at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at Mennonite Hospital in Bloomington. Mr. Hoose was born October 11, 1914 in Waynesville, a son of Willis C. and Bessie Leever Hoose. He married Maxine Cisco December 24, 1936, in Waynesville. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Kellems, Waynesville; two sons, Duane and John Hoose, both of Waynesville; five grandchildren; a sister Mrs. Helen Chaudoin of Waynesville. Mr. Hoose was owner and oerator of the Hoose Coal and Dri-Gas Company for 38 years. He was also a member of the Waynesville United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the Waynesville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Carl Hendry officiating. Burial will be in Waynesville. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Pullen-Boos Funeral Chapel. Memorials may be made to the church. [Transcribed by: Susan Rogers]

HOOSE, Maxine M. (Cisco)

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Mrs. Mark (Maxine M) Hoose, 53, of Waynesville, died 3:20 a.m. Wednesday, St John's Hospital, Springfield; born DeWitt County; member Waynesville United Methodist church; married Mark Hoose Dec. 24, 1936, Waynesville; he died July 25, 1972; leaves mother, Mrs. L.B. Finfrock, Clinton; daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Kellems, Waynesville; sons, Duane and John, both of Waynesville, sister, Mrs. Dale Shipley, of Waynesville; brother, George Cisco, Waynesville; five grandchildren. Services were Thursday, Waynesville United Methodist Church, burial Evergreen Cemetery, Waynesville; Pullen-Boos Funeral Home, Clinton, in charge. Memorials: Waynesville United Methodist Church [Transcribed by: Susan Rogers]

HOOSE, Willis

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Willis Hoose, 84, of Waynesville died at 8:30 a.m., Thursday at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital following a 6-day illness. The body was removed to the Pullen and Boos Funeral Chapel in Clinton. The funeral will be at 2 pm Saturday at the Waynesville Methodist church with the Rev R.V. Henry officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen cemetery. Visitation at the funeral chapel will be from 3 to 5 pm and 7 to 9 pm. The deceased was born March 14, 1881, near Beason, the son of John and Emelia Michaels Hoose. His marriage to Bessie Leever of Waynesville took place Jan 26, 1904 in Waynesville. She died Oct 9, 1934. Surviving are a son, Mark, and a daughter, Mrs. Helen Chaudoin, both of Waynesville, 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. A son and 2 sisters preceded him in death. [Transcribed by: Susan Rogers]


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DEATH AT WAYNESVILLE. Waynesville, Ills., Dec 7. Monday occurred the death of Mrs. Lavina Houchins. Deceased was a sister of Charles W. Jones, who died Nov 26 residing with his family. At the time of his death she was in feeble health, and the shock of her brother's demise was too much for her. Lavina Jones was born in Indiana March 1, 1824, and came to Waynesville with her parents in 1831. She married James Harvey Houchins Oct 10, 1844, and lived happily with him until his death June 18, 1893, at their present home, northeast of Waynesville. [The Daily Review, 7 December 1904, pg 7]

HOUSER, George

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Died at his home in Farmer City, Saturday, January 19, 1901, 7:00 a.m., George HOUSER, 72 years, 3 months, 16 days. Funeral: late home, January 20. Burial: Camp Ground Cemetery. [Source:Death/funeral cards -- tr by Linda Kingery.]

HOWARD, Joseph Newton

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Clinton – Joseph Newton Howard, 78, of Waynesville, died in the John Warner Hospital at Clinton at 6:45 AM Saturday, pneumonia was the cause of his death. He was ill only two weeks. He was the son of Selby and Nancy Newton and was born in Fulton County Ohio July 18, 1857. He married Effie Carlock at Clinton in 1875 and she preceded him in death four years ago. Surviving are three daughters and one son. They are: Mrs. William Chandler and Sarah Howard of Plainfield, Iowa; Mrs. Carrie Finfrock, of Waynesville and Ellis Howard of Minnesota. He also has two brothers and one sister, Frank of Clinton, Lawrence of Weldon and Mrs. Ed Schultz of Bismarck South Dakota. He was a member of the Clinton L.O.O.M. Lodge and Methodist Episcopal Church. Funeral arrangements are incomplete [Source: The Pantagraph 8 Dec 1935, tr. Susan Rogers]


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James Hubbell of Wapella passed away Sept. 1, 1925 Thursday morning at 11 o'clock. Infirmities of old age was the cause of death. He was born in Lewis County, Kentucky, July 11, 1848. He moved to Heyworth, March 1853 from there moved to Wapella eleven years ago. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Cunningham October 25. 1870 and to this union was born 12 children, six of whom preceded him in death. They were sons George, Phillip, James and Franklin; daughters Bessie and Mrs Eliza Lillian (Hubbell) Troxel. He leaves his wife and the following children: Mrs. Sarah Ellen Hedrick, Mrs. Nora Elizabeth Short, Mrs. Cora May Barnett, Ab, Fred and John. He leaves 27 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at Sugar Grove church Saturday morning at 10:30 o'clock. Rev William Icenogle, of Wapella, officiating. Burial will be in Sugar Grove cemetery. [Unknown Newspaper - submitted by Lawrence Hedrick]


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Allen E. Hubrich, 60, of Waynesville died at 12:50 a.m. Monday at Memorial Medical Center. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Holland and Barry Funeral Home, Lincoln. Burial will be in Zion Cemetery, Lincoln. Surviving are his wife, Ruth; two sons, Gerald of Lincoln and James of Waynesville; one brother, Leon of Lincoln; and four grandchildren.

HUBER, George H.

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WAYNESVILLE, January 1 – the funeral of George H Huber was held at the Christian church in Atlanta Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The services were in charge of the Rev. H. S. Mavity of the Waynesville Christian church, assisted by the Rev. L. C. Caraway of the Atlanta Christian church. Music was furnished by Frank Shores, Ila Mountjoy and Merlin Dowdy, with Etta Satterfield at the piano. The sang "Going Down the Valley", "Gathering Home" and "Will There Be Any Stars in My Crown". The pallbearers were E. H. West, Jay Hollibaugh, A. L. Adair, J.M. Teal, Claire Sampson and E.G. Kirk. Burial was in the Atlanta Cemetery. [Source: The Pantagraph, 1 Jan 1929, tr: Susan Rogers]


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Died near Farmer City at residence of William MATTOX, Thursday, 27 March 1902, Rebecca HUDDLESTON, 67 years. Funeral: Presbyterian Church, March 28. Burial: City Cemetery. [Source: Death/funeral cards -- tr by Linda Kingery.]

HUMPHREYS, Samantha J.

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Died, in this county, on the 4th inst., Samantha Jane, daughter of William F. and Elizabeth B. HUMPHREYS, aged 3 years, 10 months, and 10 days. [DeWitt Courier, 15 Aug 1856 -- TT-- tr by Linda Kingery]