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Pitchford, Ethel - 99, of Jerseyville, died Sunday, July 31, 2011, at the Hospice of Hope in Mt. Orab, Ohio from complications from injuries received in an automobile accident while she was in Ohio visiting her granddaughter. She was born in Maquoketa, Iowa Nov. 6, 1911, one of eight children born to the late William and Eva (Ward) Atherton. The Rev. Wilbur Cain officiated. Burial took place in Witt Cemetery in Rockbridge
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Shelton, Eddie - 85, died at 1:40 am Friday, July 16, 2004 at Jersey Community Hospital, Jerseyville, IL. He was born in Pleasant Hill, IL on August 28, 1918, the last surviving child of Perry C. and Ada M. (Ball) Shelton. Burial - Fieldon Cemetery with full military graveside rites conducted by American Legion Post #492
[Contributed by Kathy Robinson]

Copley, John L., 62, died peacefully Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, at his home with family by his side. Born Sept. 10, 1949, in Alton, he was the son of Robert and Nancy (Graves) Copley of Godfrey
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Margaret E. Joyce, 94, of Jacksonville, and formerly of Greenfield, died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011, at Heritage Health in Jacksonville. She was born Oct. 14, 1916, in Jersey County, to Austin and Effie (Wilbert) Joyce. She was a retired school teacher having taught in several St. Louis school districts. She graduated from MacMurray College in Jacksonville. At her request, her body has been donated to medical research at St. Louis University School of Medicine.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

McDonald, Patricia "Pat", 62, of Alameda, Calif., and formerly of Greenfield, died Tuesday evening, Nov. 22, 2011, in Alameda, Calif. She was born July 12, 1949, in Jerseyville, the daughter of Joseph and Dorothy (Frye) Price. She was a nurse's aide for many years. She loved spending time with her grandkids, and also reading and fishing. She is survived by a son, and his wife, of Roodhouse; a daughter of Bahram, of Alameda, Calif.; three grandchildren, and two brothers. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Forrest "Duff" Price; and sister, Gloria Price. Per her request, she was cremated and no services will be held. Alexander & Gubser Funeral Home in Jerseyville is in charge of arrangements.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Chilton, Mrs. A.G.
Died at Mound City, Ill., on Sunday the 10th inst., Mrs. A.G. Chilton of Medora. She had been a victim for years of her destroyer, consumption.[The Examiner- Aug. 20, 1879]

Casey, Dr. Edward
(Formerly of Bloomington, Ill.) d. Jerseyville, Ill. March 22, 1874.
[Compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer in 1912 - Submitted by Teri Colglazier]

Sarah Jane Chappel
Mrs. Sarah Jane Chappell, wife of Solomon Chappell, died in Macoupin County on the 14th.
[The Examiner- Aug. 27, 1879]

The Rev. Robert L. Bowman, 85, of Jerseyville, died 5:26 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, at Willow Rose Rehab and Health Care Center in Jerseyville. He was born Oct. 20, 1925, at Rockbridge, the middle child of seven to Carl F. Sr. and Viola (Loy) Bowman. He met the love of his life Aug, 18, 1940, Maxine Hazelwood, and they were married Oct. 27, 1945, at Alton. She went to be with the Lord Dec. 13, 2005, shortly after they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Hon. Frank Bridges - "Death of Senator Bridges - Eight Fruitless Ballots - Rather Personal"
Springfield, Ills., March 21. - The Hon. Frank Bridges died Friday morning at his home near Carrollton. He was the Democratic Senator from the Jersey County District. He was a member of the lower house six years ago, and was elected Senator three years ago. He was about 50 years of age. His death has been expected for some time. Softening of the brain was the cause.
Senator Bridge's death will have the effect of again bottling up the election of a United States Senator. Mr. Bridges' successor will undoubtedly be a Democrat from Greene County.
In the joint session of the legistature Friday, eight ballots were taken, the Democrats only voting. Morrison received 98 votes on the first ballot and 91 on the last, his lowest vote being 89 on the seventh ballot. The other names put in the ballot box were, E. A. Stevenson, J. H. Ward, J. J Curran, J. C. Black, Carter Harrison, Gen. Palmer, Frank Lawler, and Thomas Merritt.
A local paper discharges the follwoing ambiguous hand-grenade: "It will be well for a certain large gentleman, with light blue eyes and red chin whiskers, to go slow and take notice that his attempt at bribing members of the legislature in the senatorial contest is known. There are no Republicans that are hnting him. He might in a contingency become a partner of Macklin, and certainly if he or any of his kind expect office such matters will get to a Republican senate as soon as his or their names will. Better hire a hack and go home"
[Source: The Rock Island Argus., March 21, 1885, Pg. 3] Transcribed by KP



Hon. Joey Cory, Sr., - died, Tuesday last. His funeral was attended on the 15th inst., from the Baptist Church in Jerseyville, and there was teh largest attendance ever witnessed in that place. The Rev. Dr. Bulkley, of Upper Alton, preached the sermon and was assisted by the Rev. John W. Phillips, of the Methodist Church and the Reverend Dr. King, of the First Presbyterian Church.
[Source: Chicago tribune., February 19, 1872, Page 4] Transcribed by KP

Death of Prominent Illinoisan - Jerseyville, Ills., Sept. 6 - Osville A. Snedeker, one of the most porminent citizens of Jersey County, died here Saturday evening after a prolonged illness. The deceased was a member of the Thirty-eighth and Thirty-ninth general assemblies and a well-known politician. He was the author of one of the flag laws. He was a prominent Odd Fellows, Knight of Honor and Modern Woodman.
[Source: Rock Island Argus., September 07, 1897, Pg.1] Transcribed by KP

Death Notice of Thomas Cummings - We see the annoucement of the death of Thomas Cummings, Esq., of Jersey County. He was born in the Blockhouse at Columbia, Monroe County, Illinois, on the 2nd of March, 1799. He was one of the early settlers of Jersey County, about thirty-five years ago and having resided there ever since has sustained the character of one of her best citizens. As a mark of their esteem, he was chosen by the people to present them in the Legislature of 1846 and 1847
[Source: Sangamon Journal / Illinois State Journal, Volume 9, Number 140, 3 December 1856 — Death of Thomas Cummings] Transcribed by KP

Philaiider Forbes, an old and esteemed citizen of Jersey county, died at his resdints near Jerseyville, on Saturday last, at the advanced age of 87
[Sangamon Journal / Illinois State Journal, Volume 11, Number 87, 4 October 1858] Transcribed by KP

Mr. Ross J. Dawson, of Jersey County, Illinois.Died: On board the steamboat, Avalanche, on the Illinois River, June 15,
[Sangamon Journal / Illinois State Journal, 25 June 1849] Transcribed by KP

An Old Settler Gone - Maj. James Pruitt, one of the oldest citizens of Jersey County in this State, died at his residence near Jerseyville, on Tuesday of last week, at the advanced age of 87 years.
[Sangamon Journal / Illinois State Journal, Volume 10, Number 31, 20 July 1857] Transcribed by KP

The death of Miss M. A. Warren, of Jersey County, a lady of considerable poetical ability, is announced. She died on the 31st. She was for many years a constant contributer of the old Alton Telegraph.
[Sangamon Journal / Illinois State Journal, Volume 10, Number 127, 10 November 1857] Transcribed by KP