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Staunton Man Died From Accident
Alonzo Justin Baldwin 52, a wood chopper of Staunton died at St Francis hospital this morning of blood poison. Mr Baldwin while riding a bronco several weeks ago to his work was thrown off as he was near the railroad tracks. He rolled down the embankment on to the tracks and a train ran over his foot cutting off his toes. He was rendered unconscious but when he came to he walked to a farm house and was brot to St Francis hospital. Blood poison developed which caused his death. He has one brother. The body was taken to Dood's Undertaking Parlors where Coroner Boyd conducted the inquest. The body was taken back to Staunton for burial.
[Litchfield Daily Union, Monday, May 28, 1928 - Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Old Citizen Passes Away at 5 O'Clock Saturday Morning
Biggus Stuart Barnett, one of the pioneer citizens of Macoupin county dies at his home near Barnett at 5 o'clock Saturday morning. The deceased had been in bad health ever since last winter and a few days ago complications set in that brought on his death.
The deceased was well known throughout the east part of Macoupin and west part of Montgomery counties. He was born 73 years ago on the same place where he resided at the time of his death. He had always been an enterprising farmer and took an interest in his home. He was a devoted member of the Christian Church and did what he could in his humble way to help build up the church. The community has lost a citizen who will be sadly missed.

The ancestors of the Barnett family came form Kentucky. William Barnett the grandfather of the deceased came to Illinois with his son George W. Barnett in 1835 from Christian County Kentucky and settled in Shaw's Point township. The grandfather died soon after coming to Illinois and the father G. W. Barnett died at the age of 71 years.
Mr. Barnett was one of a family of fifteen children only two of whom are still living, George W. Barnett and Mrs. A. M. Wilson of this city. The deceased was married quite late in life to miss Laura Allen and six children were born to this union namely: Floyd, Jesse, Truman, Stella, Myrtle, and Mabel, wife of Elvis Groves. They all reside at home or in the Barnett vicinity.
Mr. Barnett cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln and had always been a staunch Republican. He held several township offices and always took a deep interest in the political affairs of the country. He was a man, well read as he kept up with the literature of the day. He matriculated at McKendree College but did not attend very long as he had to return and assist his father on the farm. He then devoted his life to farming and added tracts of land to what he had inherited. He was in all probability the oldest born resident of Shaw's Point and died within fifty feet of the log house where he was born.
A peculiar coincident in this Barnett family is that in a family of fifteen children, the oldest. G. W. Barnett and the youngest, Mrs. M. A. Wilson are the only ones left. A large concourse of relatives and friends attended the funeral Monday afternoon. The services were conducted by W. H. Groner of Litchfield who was assisted by Rev. W. A. Green and Rev. C. J. Upton, nephews of the deceased. The pall bearers were Roy and Claude Barnett, Homer B. Richardson and Jonathan Allen, all nephews of the deceased. [From the Macoupin County Enquirer, July 17, 1912 - Donated by

On the 12th inst., at the residence near Carlinville,
Ezra Barrack, in the 70th year of his age. He is one of our oldest citizens having lived in this community nearly a quarter of a century. He served his country in the War of 1812, and acquitted himself honorably. He was always honorable in his dealings and strove to be just. His views were generally clear and correct, and he willingly injured no one. He left a companion to mourn her widowhood, and five children, all but one in maturity, to realize that they shall no more enjoy a father's counsels. Thus the fathers are leaving the affairs of life to their sons. [From the Carlinville Free Democrat, April 21, 1863 - Donated by src#2 ]

BEERUP, Rosa Steidley
Funeral services for Mrs. Rose Beerup, 83, of 220 W. Jackson St, will be held at 3 p. m. Saturday in the Palmyra Methodist Church. She died at the home of a son, Ollyn Beerup, of Gainsville, Fla. whom she was visiting.
Mrs. Beerup was born Sept. 7, 1971, the daughter of S. J. Steidley and Clara Rice Steidley, in Palmyra. She attended what is now MacMurray college, Jacksonville, and was graduated from the college in Bushnell. For two years before her marriage to Neville Beerup, she taught in Chatham schools. She and her husband resided Palmyra until their retirement. Mr. Beerup proceeded her in death in 1946.
Mrs. Beerup was a charter member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Palmyra, a member of the Woman's club, the Rebekah lodge and the Palmyra Methodist Church. for many years she wrote for the Palmyra Weekly Transcript and she was Palmyra correspondent for the Illinois State Register.
Remains will arrive at 10 a. m. Friday and will be received by Stults funeral home Palmyra.
Springfield Journal, June 22, 1955 - Submitted by: Dorothy Babiak]

BOGGESS, Barnabas
Deacon Barnabas BOGGESS, the subject of this sketch, was one of the nine children born to Henry and Mary BOGGESS, all of whom have passed away, except Samuel R. BOGGESS, who is now in the 84th year of his age. The subject of this sketch was born in Botecourt County, Virginia. While young, his parents removed from Virginia to Christian County, Kentucky, where young BOGGESS grew up to manhood. A young man of exceptional pure traits, he was never addicted to profane swearing, the use of tobacco or any kind of intoxicating liquors. After reaching manhood, he was employed in teaching school, and twice in collecting the public revenue if Christian County. In 1835, he with his parents, emigrated to Illinois to make his future home. Here his parents died. In 1841, October 19, he was united in marriage with Miss Nancy R. DICKERSON, and settled three miles west of this city, and engaged in farming. Of this marriage were seven children, four of whom still survive. A few years later he erected the first steam grist and saw mill for many miles around him. In 1853, Mr. BOGGESS and Mr. C. H. FINK laid out and founded the City of Girard. In the spring of 1854 he left the farm and became a permanent resident of the new town. Here he laid deeper and broader the foundation of his material prosperity, upon which he builded so successfully in subsequent years. Here Mr. BOGGESS spent the best years of his life in laboring to develop and build up the town he had founded. Here the most interesting and important events of his life occurred. During the winter of 1856-1857, a season of great religious interest in the town, he and Mrs. BOGGESS became converted. Ever afterwards Mr. BOGGESS delighted to refer to this event, as the great event of his life, and to the wonderful display of divine grace and mercy by which he was saved. Only a short time before his last illness he indicated as a suitable text for his funeral sermon the words of the Apostle, "By the grace of God I am what I am."
On April 12, 1863, Mr. BOGGESS encountered one of the greatest trials of his life. Six years before he, and his wife, began their new life together. But now death claimed her from his victim, and at the date above his beloved wife and the mother of his children passed to her eternal rest, leaving him and four daughters in deep and sorrowful bereavement. In this loneliness he lived until on the 31st of March 1864 when he was united in marriage with Miss Eliza J. TRABUE who with the four daughters still survive him. In the fall of the same year he united with the Baptist Church in this city. Two years later he was chosen one of the Deacons of the church, which office "He used well, purchasing to himself a good degree and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus." To the town for many years he has been the most conspicuous member of our society. He was a modal business man. A man of sound judgment, prompt and square in business relations, sober and temperate, a man of "clean lips," chaste and pure in his language as the most refined lady, a man of few words, of strong convictions and great firmness. Having lived to nearly four score years, with his work well done, and the hope of a blessed immortality in Christ, after much bodily affliction he quietly fell asleep in Jesus, attended by his faithful wife, his devoted children, and a few friends at his bedside, he took his final farewell from earth, and went to "be with Christ which is far better," on last Lord's Day, at 3 o'clock and 45 minutes p.m., aged 79 years 3 months and 7 days. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord." Funeral Tuesday afternoon from the Baptist Church, on which occasion Rev. M.V. KITZMILLER preached a very interesting and pleasing sermon, taking as his text, Acts II, verse 24, "He was a good man," after which his remains were taken to Girard Cemetery and there deposited by the side of kindred. [Girard Gazette, 14 June 1888; Submitted by Littleton Porter Bradley III to ISGS, VOL.XIII, #1 SPRING 1981 - Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Joe Rose]

Died yesterday morning, March 23rd, 1881, at her residence in this city (Girard), Mrs. Samuel R. BOGGESS, of congestion of the liver, with which she had been afflicted for some weeks. Mrs. BOGGESS was born in Christian County, Kentucky, in the year 1812; her maiden name name was Mary R.BRADLEY, a sister of well-known townsman, L.P. BRADLEY. She was united in wedlock to Samuel R. BOGGESS in her native county and state on the 18th of October, 1832. In 1833 they moved to Morgan County, Illinois, and in the fall of 1934 came to Girard where they have resided ever since. She united with the Regular Baptist Church, of which denomination she remained an exemplary and consistent member to the time of her death. It would be futile on our part to even attempt to give the many noble traits of the daughter of the departed. Her acts of charity cannot be enumerated. "Aunt Polly" BOGGESS had always a smile for the meek and lonely, and this gained the admiration of all whom she ever came in contact with. She knew no distinction between the rich and the poor, and she cheered everyone who came within her presence. She died as she had lived, a true Christian. No children of her own, yet her motherly love was so great that she could not be contented without some cherub upon whom to lay her loving hands, and she reared three, taking them in infancy, and bringing them up to become ornaments of society; Mrs. John C. BEEBY, William METCALF, and Mrs. T.J. STONE. These children were a comfort to her in her dying hours, they alleviated her every pain, and would not leave her bedside until all was over. In truth we can say a true and noble woman has left us. She leaves behind her the aged husband, the above children, a brother and other relatives, with innumerable friends who mourn their loss. The funeral services were held this afternoon at the late residence, Elder MURRAY officiating, after which her remains were borne to their last resting place, followed by a large concourse of sympathizing friends. Peace to her ashes.  [Girard Gazette,  March 24, 1881; Submitted by Littleton Porter Bradley III to ISGS, VOL.XIII, #1 SPRING 1981 - Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Joe Rose]  [NOTES provided by Littleton Porter Bradley:  "the daughter of John and Rebecca PORTER BRADLEY. She was born in Christian County, Kentucky, on 25 January 1812.  The Mrs. BEEBY mentioned above, whom "Aunt Polly" BOGGESS raised was Catherine Elizabeth HOWERTON who in 1857 married John Christopher BEEBY. Their daughter, Alice M BEEBY, married George L. TIPTON, the father of Howerton M. TIPTON of Girard.]

BOGGESS, Samuel R.
Died, Monday morning, March 18th 1895, at the residence of Jefferson and Ida STONE, North Otter Township, Samuel R. BOGGESS one of the pioneer citizens of Girard and Macoupin County at the ripe old age of 89 years, 11 months, and 18 days. Samuel was born in Prince Edward County, Virginia, March 21, 1805. When a child eleven years old, with his parents, he moved to Christian County, Kentucky, where he grew to manhood. He was united in marriage to Miss Mary R. BRADLEY in Kentucky on the 18th of October, 1832, by Elder John BOBBIT. In the fall of 1833, with his wife, he moved to Morgan County, Illinois. In the fall of 1834 he moved to Macoupin County, and in May 1853 moved to Girard, when the town was first laid out by his brother, Barnabas BOGGESS, and was the first inn keeper of the town, now city of Girard. His beloved wife was called home by death March 23rd, 1881. Since that time he has made his home at the residence of Jefferson STONE, in North Otter, where his death occurred. On the 29th of August, 1850, he with his wife united with the Predestinarian Baptist Church, known as the head of Apple Creek Church, and were baptized by Elder John RECORD. He remained a bright light and a leader in the denomination until May, 1864, when he united by letter with the head of Otter Creek Church at Girard. During the years connected with the two churches, he held the position of clerk and had often represented his church in the foreign church meetings as messenger. In early days he furnished his house to hold meetings, and it was not until a few years ago that their church was built in the city of Girard of which he was one of the principal builders. While a citizen of Girard and in his younger days, he filled several positions of public trust for a number of years, among them police magistrate. He was a true Christian from early manhood. His life was that of a Christian man. Not having any children of his own, he was a father to the orphan, assisting his wife in the rearing of eight children from infancy. He was a grand, noble man, was resigned to the will of his Master; worried over nothing. He was a deep thinker and a well read man, beloved by all who knew him. The good Master had permitted him to remain in this sinful world many years, and he longed for the day when he would pass over the River and meet his loved ones gone before. The funeral services were held Tuesday, March 19th, 1895 at the residence of Jefferson STONE by Elder B.V. QUERRY of Raymond, after which the remains were laid to rest beside his wife there to await the resurrection promised all true believers. [Girard Gazette, c. March 1895; Submitted by Littleton Porter Bradley III to ISGS, VOL.XIII, #1 SPRING 1981 - Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Joe Rose]

BOTKIN, William
Mr William Botkin who lately lived some 4 miles north of the city died of Typhoid Fever last Fri. [Litchfield Monitor, 1 Mar 1876 Page 5 Col 1 - Submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

BOTKIN, Lester V.
Graveside services for
Lester V Botkin of 10 Randall Court, Jacksonville, formerly of Irving, WW I veteran, were conducted Fri morning at 11 o'clock in the Irving Cemetery of Irving. Mr Botkin, 96 last Dec 23, died Tues afternoon, Feb 13, in his residence. Born at Hornsby, a son of the lat William and Mary C Freeman Botkin, he married Nell Funk, Aug 7, 1922 at Irving. Mr Botkin operated a restaurant in Irving for many years and was retired from Shell Oil Co, at Wood River. He was a member of the American Legion post at Jacksonville. Besides his wife, Nell, he is survived by a daughter, Martha, wife of Donnivan Sturgeon of Jacksonville; two grandchildren, Suzanne Mettetal of Houston, TX, and Gary Sturgeon of Jackosnville; two great grandchildren, Michael and May Mettetal of Houston TX. Preceding him in death were three brothers and two sisters. Williamson Funeral Home, Jacksonville, was in charge of arrangements. [Litchfield News Herald, Mon 19 Feb 1990 - Submitted by Lynn Boyd Reener]

aka: Cerezo
Celina Bouvet, nee Lemoigne, 63, of Carlinville died January 17, 1922.
She was born August 10, 1858 in Auberchicourt, Nord, France, daughter of Jean Baptiste and Diseree (Gogneau) Bouvet. She married Emile Desire Bouvet on July 10, 1875 in Auberchicourt, France.
Surviving are her husband Emile and children Hatti, Angel Rosa, Cleime, Wilhelima (Minni), Blanche, Augustovia (Tobie), Emile Jr., Eugene (Guy), Leon, Desire (Jack) and Theodore (Ted). She was preceded in death by her parents and baby daughter.
Burial will be in Carlinville City Cemetery.
[Unk paper, 18 Jan 1922 - Sub by: Denise Parsons]

Died December 29, 1926, buried January 1, 1927. The remains of Mrs. Eliza Brendle (Brindle) wife of Rev T.W. Brindle, who passed away at their home in Girard was brought to Union Chapel Saturday just afternoon an interment mad in the family lot of a former husband Taylor Jenkins. The funeral services were held at 11a.m. Saturday at the Baptist Church in Girard, conducted by Rev. O. Troy Thomas, assisted by Rev A.B Winner. Mrs. Brendle (Brindle) was the daughter of Rev Charles Bush, a pioneer Baptist minister of Macoupin County.
[Submitted by Debbie Hemberger]

Died February 4, 1927 at 10 pm. Funeral services for John Bush, aged 81 years, 3 months and 25 days who died at his home at Nilwood Friday morning, were held at 10:30 o’clock Monday morning at the Nilwood Baptist Church, Rev. S. N. Griggs officiating. Interment was made in Union Chapel cementary. Surviving are his wife, three sons, I.B., Nilwood; Edward and William, Lansing Mich; three sisters, Mrs Henry Killian (Kilian), Girard; Mrs. Nancy Lewis, Alton, and Mrs. Jennie Lawerence, Gibson City; two brothers, Henry, Nome, Nebraska, and Samuel, Carlinville. One sister, Mrs. Thos. Brendle died about one month ago.
[Submitted by Debbie Hemberger]

BUSH, REV. Charles Haskins
Died Wednesday morning, July 11, 1900, occurred the death of Charles Haskins Bush at the home of his son C.H. Bush at Ong, Nebraska, Age 77 years, 7 months, and 19 days. Mr. Bush was born on the 22 day of November, 1822, in Anderson Co. Kentucky. His boyhood and youth were spent at the place of birth, and on July 5, 1842, he was married to Miss Nancy Bruner. Five children blessed this union, one boy, and three girls still surviving their father. Mr. Bush and family moved to Ill. In 1856 where in the same year his wife was called to her home in heaven. On September 1857, Mr. Bush was again married, this time to Mary Francis Husbands, also of Anderson Co. Ky. To this union were born 7 children, three boys and four girls all of whom are living. Mr. Bush was converted and united with the United Baptist Church at the age of 21; and in 1869 was regularly ordained a minister of the gospel of that church. The deceased and family lived in Ill. Until October 30, 1884, when he came to Clay County, Nebraska, where he lived until his death. Mr. Bush was ailing a year before death, being confined to his bed since last December. During the last weeks of his illness, his suffering was intense. Everything that mortal hands could do to alleviate the pain done by the loving children, who were at his bedside. His patience at the times when the agony was almost unendurable only bound the loved ones that much closer to the husband and father, and made the parting harder, but they know they shall meet him a little way on In the future and the voice that addressed them so kindly and the hand that grasped their own so cordially, will again greet them on the other side. In a poem which we will publish next week, one of his daughters has very beautifully pictured the life of him who has been called to inherit the mansions above.
[Submitted by Debbie Hemberger]

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