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BARNFIELD, Richard & Carmen
(Caption below 2 photos, then and now) 50th Anniversary - Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. BARNFIELD will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, March 25, 2000, at the Baptist Church. All friends and family are invited to attend from 2 to 4 p.m. No gifts please. They are the parents of Robert D. BARNFIELD, who died Dec. 28, 1993. Richard is a retired truck driver for various oil companies in the area. Carmen is retired after 37 years at Reed Insurance Agency and eight years at Gibbs Insurance Agency. Benton Evening News, Benton IL, Sat 18 Mar 2000 issue

BEARD, Barney & Shirley ANNIVERSARY Mr. And Mrs. Barney BEARD of rural Benton will be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary on June 13, 2002, with their family. Barney BEARD and Shirley Adams were married in 1952 in Mt. Vernon by Rev. Carl WILLIAMS. They are the parents of Kathy HUTCHENS and husband Rob of Ewing and the late Tammy BEARD and two grandsons, Wade and Cole HUTCHENS of Ewing. Benton Evening News, Benton, IL,June 10, 2002

BROWNING, Carroll & Mary
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OBSERVE 59TH ANNIVERSARY On April 9th Mr. and Mrs. Carroll BROWNING of Macedonia, will celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary. Mr. BROWNING is the son of Jonathan BROWNING and Louisa ALLEN BROWNING. He was born on Feb. 12, 1867 at BROWNING HILL close to Rend City. Mrs. BROWNING was born September 28, 1867 in St. Clair County near Freeburg. She is the daughter of James Carroll WILDERMAN and Elizabeth Ann HILL WILDERMAN. The WILDERMAN family moved to Franklin County and located near number nine school near where Twin Oaks, N. of Benton is now, when Mrs. BROWNING was a young girl. Mr. and Mrs. BROWNING are the parents of six children. Two sons, Ross and Stanley died when very young. Four children are still living, Robert, who is at home with his parents; Mrs. H.E. MOSS; Percy of San Francisco, Calif.; and Roy of Chicago. They have five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Mr. BROWNING traces his ancestry back to one of the early settlers of Franklin County. His grandfather was John BROWNING who married Nancy KITCHEN about the year 1802, in the state of Tenn. In 1804 they came to what is now Franklin County, with the seven JORDAN brothers, who were uncles of John BROWNING. Together they built JORDANS' Fort, the first settlement in Franklin County. As far as can be determined, seventeen children were born to John and Nancy BROWNING. The children who reached maturity were, their sons, Luke, James K., William R., Jonathan (the father of Carroll), Levi, Joseph and Bennett. Their daughters were Jane, Martha (known as Patsy), Elizabeth Ann, and Polly. Luke, the oldest child, died when twenty years of age. He was the first person buried in the BROWNING HILL CEMETERY. Martha, who was the first female white child born in Franklin County, first married Calvin JONES and afterwards married Robert MOORE. Polly married Elija KING. Elizabeth married John KING. There is no record of the marriage of Jane BROWNING. James K. and William R. BROWNING were twins. They were born at the old JORDAN FORT on Dec. 24, 1810. James K. was the first white child born in Franklin County. His son, William R. BROWNING is still living on a farm North of Buckner. Jonathan (the father of Carroll A. BROWNING) was a triplet, Jonathan , Joseph, and Joab. Joab died when about eighteen months of age. It is said that John and Nancy BROWNING were the parents of still born twins and triplets. John BROWNING was a pioneer preacher of the Baptist faith. He was a charter member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church established in 1829, and was one of the two ministers who organized the First Baptist Church of Benton in 1841. The members of the BROWNING family have contributed much to the development of Franklin County. The house that Carroll A. BROWNING was born in is still standing at the Browning Hill cemetery. This was the first house built in Franklin County. Mr. and Mrs. Carroll BROWNING moved from BROWNING HILL to a farm in Eastern Township in the fall of 1909, where they still reside. Here they still maintain many of their early habits. They are firm believers that "Early to bed and Early to rise makes one healthy, wealthy and wise." They are in very good health considering their age. Their home is always open to their many friends and relatives. Their many acquaintances wish them many more happy anniversaries. Christopher Progess, Christopher IL 1949

CAMPBELL, Byford & Wastina
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Byford and Wastina CAMPBELL of Ina will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on Saturday, April 21, 2007. Byford CAMPBELL and Wastina McCANN were married in Mayfield, Ky. on April 21, 1947. Their family includes a daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Ken LEE of Mt. Vernon; grandson and wife, Scott and Lorie LEE of Franklin, Tenn.; and granddaughter Michelle LEE of Mt. Vernon. The family would like friends and family to help celebrate this anniversary on Saturday, April 14 at the Ina Village Hall from 2 to 4 p.m. Guests are asked to omit gifts. Cards would be appreciated and may be mailed to Box 36, Ina, IL 62846. Register-News, Mt Vernon IL, Wed 11 Apr 2007 issue pg 7A

CAPPS, Marvin & Linda
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Marvin "Pete" and Linda CAPPS of Mt. Vernon will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on July 20. They are the parents of six children: Brenda, deceased; Cheryl and David JOHNSON of Yokosuka, Japan; Mark and Donna CAPPS of Farina; Barbara and Kerry RICHARDSON of Opdyke; Steve and Leslie CAPPS of Mt. Vernon; and Eric CAPPS of Mt. Vernon; 10 grandchildren: Christina WEATHERLY of Scurry, Texas; Amanda and Melissa JOHNSON of Yokosua(sic) Japan; Clif, Brent and Jason RICHARDSON of Opdyke; Emily and Evan CAPPS of Farina; Alisha and Andrew CAPPS of Mt. Vernon; and six great-grandchildren. A family gathering to celebrate is planned for the July 19. Cards and congratulations may be sent to 11010 N. General Tire Lane in Mt. Vernon.
Register-News, Mt Vernon IL, Thurs 17 July 2008 issue pg 6A

CHAPMAN, Jonas E. & Anna Mae
(includes 2 photos, "then and now") Jonas E. and Anna Mae (PAGE) CHAPMAN of Sesser will celebrate the 60th anniversary of their marriage on Wednesday, Feb. 23. A card shower is planned in celebration of the date. Family and friends of the couple are asked to help by mailing a card or a note to them to commemorate this special anniversary. Cards or notes may be sent to Mr. and Mrs. Jonas CHAPMAN, P.O. Box 185, Sesser, IL 62884. Benton Evening News, Benton IL, Thurs 17 Feb 2005 pg 5

COCKRUM, Coy & Wilma
Coy and Wilma (TUCKER) COCKRUM of rural Sesser clebrated their 6- Wedding Anniversary on Saturday Aug 31, 2002 at their home with family and friends. They were married in Perryville, Missouri on August 31, 1942. They are the parents of Connie (Larry) HAMMONDS of Sesser, Coy Deon (Vikki) COCKRUM of Benton and Danny (ANNESSA) COCKRUM of Sesser. They have seven grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren.

HOGUE, Mr. & Mrs. P. F.
The Daily Register - Mt. Vernon, IL - Monday, June 15, 1908
UNUSUAL CELEBRATION - Mr. and Mrs. P. F. Hogue, Former Residents, Celebrate 73rd Wedding Anniversary. P. F. HOGUE and wife, who live near Cutler, Ill., and who formerly resided in Jefferson County, are said to be the oldest married couple in the state. They were married in Princeton, Ind., February 23, 1835 and have therefore spent more than 73 years together as husband and wife. Mr. HOGUE was born in Indiana, April 19, 1816 and he is now in his 93rd year. Mrs. HOGUE, who was Miss Elizabeth STORMAHT prior to her marriage was born in Elkton County, KY., November 18, 1818, her age being almost 90 years. In the year 1843, they came to Illinois overland and settled in this county where they remained until the year 1847, when they removed to Warren County where they resided 21 years. They returned to Jefferson County in 1868 and purchased a farm on which they lived _____ 1870, when they decided to locate in Perry County in order to enjoy church privileges of the denomination to which they belonged, the Reformed Presbyterian Church, where they now reside. Eleven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. HOGUE, six of whom are living. The old couple are reasonably hale and hearty and Mr. HOGUE cultivates a vegetable garden, in which it is almost impossible to find a weed; he allows no one but himself to work in the garden. It is believed that they will live to celebrate their diamond or 75th wedding anniversary, which will occur in less than two years. The aged couple have lived consistent christian lives and are noted for their faithful and conscientious performance of the obligations of tight living, and are loved and respected by all who know them. Samuel H. ARCHER and R. M. MUMFORD, two of their old neighbors and friends of Princeton, Ind., have just returned from a visit with them and stopped in Mt. Vernon a few days on their way home.

Silver Anniversary
(includes photo of couple) Jay and Kim (DALE) HUTCHCRAFT of Benton celebrated their 25th anniversary on June 10. They were married at the First Church of God on June 10, 1983, by Brother John FOZARD. Jay is employed by Long Prairie Partnership in Benton. Kim is the owner/operator of Tiny Totts Day Care in Benton. They are the parents of Amie, Amanda, Marcus and Michael HUTCHCRAFT, all of Benton. Benton Evening News, Benton IL, Wed 11 June 2008 issue pg 5

KELLY, Jim & Jan
Golden Anniversary
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Mr. and Mrs. James L. KELLY celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary July 6, 2008, with their families. Jim KELLY and Jan PAGE were married in the First United Methodist Church of Sesser. Jim retired from Magna Bank of Sesser after 30 years of service. Jan retired after 10 years of teaching to be a stay-at-home mom. The couple have been blessed with one daughter, Jennifer and James NEWTON, and two grandsons, Christian and Seth. Benton Evening News, Benton IL, Fri 25 July 2008 issue pg 5

KRAFT, Sam & Faye
Diamond Anniversary
(includes photo of couple) Sam and Faye KRAFT of Benton are celebrating their 60th anniversary Friday. The Krafts were married March 28, 1948. They are being honored by their family: Sam and Linda, Chris and Theresa, Scott, Gary and Debbie, Brandon, Miranda, Jake, Mike, Sami, Jenny, Cody Sheena and Courtney. Benton Evening News, Benton IL, Fri 28 March 2008 issue LAMPLEY, William & Hazel

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Mr. and Mrs. William E. LAMPLEY celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a family gathering June 29 at their home in Benton. William LAMPLEY and Hazel BROOKS were married on June 27, 1943. The couple has four children, Cheryl FIORENZI of Scottsdale, Ariz., Billie HIGGERSON of Benton, William E. LAMPLEY II and wife, Michele, of Benton, and Steve C. LAMPLEY and wife, Daredan, of Marion. They also have seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.. Benton Evening News, Benton IL, Sat 5 July 2008 issue pg 5

LOVIN, Harvey & Irene
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Harvey and Irene LOVIN of Mt. Vernon will celebrate their 65th anniversary Jan. 9, 2008. They were married in St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 9, 1943. The Lovins have four children, Robin LOVIN of Dallas, Texas, Marilyn AYLWARD and husband Guy of Mt. Vernon, Bill LOVIN and wife Robin Jo of Cedar Falls, Iowa and Nancy ZILCH and husband Jim of Bartonville. Register-News, Mt Vernon IL, Wed 9 Jan 2008 issue pg 6A

McGILL, Kenneth & Myrna
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Kenneth and Myrna (GUNTER) McGILL were married on Oct. 26, 1946, in Morganfield, Ky. They have five children; Eugene and Kenann McGILL of Prosper, Texas, Linda and Jim COY of Dahlgren, Beverly and Joe STEWART of Dale, Jimmy and Debbie McGILL of Forgan, Ok., and Jerry and Stacy McGILL of Dahlgren. They also have 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. The McGILL's celebrated their anniversary on Nov. 4 with a meal and cake at Giant City Lodge Restaurant. There was 39 that attended their celebration.
Register-News, Mt Vernon IL, Tues 21 Nov 2006 issue pg 6A

NOWLAND, Gordon & Louise
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"50th ANNIVERSARY - Gordon and Louise NOWLAND, of Sesser, were treated by friends and family members to a surprise 50th anniversary reception Wednesday afternoon at Galati's Pizza in Sesser. Gordon NOWLAND and the former Louise WARD were married Dec. 15, 1949 in Piggott, Arkansas. The NOWLANDs are life-long Sesser area residents"
Benton Evening News, Benton, IL, Thurs. 16 Dec 1999 issue

ODOM, James & Loretta
Diamond Anniversary
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Odoms Celebrate 60 Years of Marriage James P. ODOM and Loretta NEAL ODOM were married on July 24, 1948, by the Rev. C. W. MARTIN in the parsonage of the United Brethern Methodist Church of Bluford. They are the parents of one daughter, Karen Elaine HODGES and husband, Bill, of Englewood, Colo., and one son, James Bradley ODOM and wife, Cindy, of Benton. They were blessed with six grandchildren, Josh ODOM and wife, Sheri; Emily MUNZO and husband, Vic; Ben and wife, Bryann; Molly and husband, Brandon; Julia and Jennifer HODGES. God also blessed them with four great-grandchildren, the light of their life: Kamree KOESTER, Evan MUNZO, Bryce LINDSAY and little Deegan James ODOM, who passed away with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers in wishing them happiness on their special day by celebrating on July 23 with their family, hosted by their children and grandchildren.
Benton Evening News, Benton IL, Tues 22 July 2008 issue pg 5

PEARCE, Kenny & Judy
Golden Anniversary
(includes recent, and earlier photo) Friends and family are invited to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Kenny and Judy PEARCE from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at the Immanuel Baptist Church, 516 N. Main, Benton, in the activities building. Cake, coffee and punch will be served. No gifts, please.
Benton Evening News, Benton IL, Sat 14 June 2008 issue pg 5

RICE, Robert & Rose
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Robert and Rose (DALLAPE) RICE of Benton recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. They were married on Jan. 27, 1940, in the home of Lyman Smith ALLEN, pastor of East Benton Baptist Church. Robert and Rose have lived their entire lives in the Benton area. They began a business, Rice Foods, in 1949, and continued operating that business until retirement. They are active in supporting Benton, Rend Lake College and youth, as well as working with their church, North Benton Baptist. They have two children, five grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. An anniversary dinner was enjoyed with their children, Eleanor and Nealy GLENN of Mt. Vernon, and Doug and Maureen RICE of Benton.
Benton Evening News, Benton IL, Thurs 3 Mar 2005 issue pg 5

RICHARDSON, Marvin & Eula Jean
We would like to thank everyone who helped make our 50th Anniversary the special occasion it was. Thanks to those who came to share the afternoon, thanks to everyone for the many cards and gifts received. A special thanks to our children and grandchildren for their help in organizing the event, preparing the food, and assisting in the serving.
Marvin and Eula Jean (EJ) RICHARDSON
Register-News, Mt Vernon IL, Tues 24 June 2008 issue pg 2A

RICHARDSON, Ray & Joanna
Mr and Mrs Ray RICHARDSON formerly of Benton, now living in West Palm Beach, Fla. will celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on June 21, 2002. Ray and Joanna are the parents of Debbie RICHARDSON of West Palm Beach, Fla. And the Rev. Larry RICHARDSON of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The Richardson's have four grandsons, Brandon, Michael, Ryan and Gerod. They pal to celebrate with a cruise.
Benton Evening News, Benton, IL,June 21, 2002

SHOCKLEY, Paul & Ellen
Shockleys celebrating their 35th anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Paul and Ellen SHOCKLEY, of Benton, are celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary Monday, Sept. 13, 2004. Paul and **Ellen GIBBS were married Sept. 13, 1969, in Benton. Mr. SHOCKLEY is an administrator at Redwood Manor. Mrs. SHOCKLEY is a homemaker. The couple has three children, Leslie, Jeff and Rachel, all of Benton.

WEBB, Steve & Tammy
Silver Anniversary
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Mr. and Mrs. Steve and Tammy WEBB of Mt. Vernon, formerly of Benton, are celebrating their 25th anniversary on June 17. They were married June 17, 1983, at North Benton Baptist Church. Pastor Mark MINOR officiated. They are the proud parents of Stephanie and Steven WEBB Jr., and grandparents of Jaylee Rae HIGGINS. They request no gifts; cards may be sent to P.O. Box 1045, Mt. Vernon. A special family gathering is being planned.
Benton Evening News, Benton IL, Tues 17 June 2008 issue pg 5

WILKERSON, Danny & Jennifer
(includes photo of couple) Danny and Jennifer WILKERSON of Snellville, Ga., recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary by touring Italy. They visited the many historical sights in Venice, Florence and Rome. Before leaving for their trip, a dinner party was given by their daughter, Veronica HENLEY and husband James of Braselton, Ga., and their son, Derrick, of Smyrna, Ga. They are the proud grandparents of one granddaughter, Grace Danielle. Danny is the son of George and Zana WILKERSON of Dahlgren, who recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. Jennifer is the daughter of John and Wanda LEE of McLeansboro and they recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Register-News, Mt Vernon IL, Wed 28 Dec 2005 issue pg 7A


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