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Bunker Hill Gazette, Bunker Hill, Macoupin Co. IL, 25 May 1882
Mrs Elizabeth Lancaster Sr 70 years old died, born England; came 1843 to Litchfield Episcopal Church
[Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Bunker Hill Gazette, Bunker Hill, Macoupin Co. IL, 20 Nov 1895
Francis Lancaster age 82 years, 2 months died on Thursday; a native of England. In 1856 he bought the place where he died; his wife died in 1883 leaving ten children; 5 now living. He was cared for by his niece Miss Carrie Lancaster and Mrs. Comfort Ridgley, his sister who had charge of the house. Children Wm A Lancaster well to do farmer Girard; Joseph Lancaster a farmer and business man of Beatrice Neb; Mary wife of Dr Asaph Barnes of Girard; Matilda, wife of Joseph Barnes, Sumner Co Kansas; Mrs. Henry Wise of this place.
[Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

The Bunker Hill Gazette, Wednesday, Nov 13, 1895, Pg 5 Col 2
Death's Harvest -- An Old Time Resident Passed Away ___ Deaths
At his home near this place, at 10 o'clock a.m. on Thursday, November 7th, Francis Lancaster, aged 82 years and 2 months.
Thus we chronicle the passing away of another of the very few venerable men who stand as relics of what for want of a better term, we call pioneer days, men remarkable for
physical endurance and sturdy rugged traits of character. F__ __ __ stood among the __ of him day and __. His industry was proverbial. With limited education, he had deep knowledge of practical business concerns. He accumulated a handsome property honestly. There was no __ __ of sharp dealing or trickery in any of his concerns. He reared a family to habits of labor, economy and upright dealing. It is __ few years since he was able to give attention to active __. Debility __ to age held him almost constantly in his room and there have been times when death __ inevitable. He was in such condition when Bishop
Seymour, Episcopal __ visited here and the distinguished clergy at his home at his request and conferred the rite of confirmation.
Francis Lancaster was a native of England. He came to Alton in 1841, a brick maker by trade. Three years later he was working at his trade in this place and be it was who made the brick for the old portion of the Congregational Church. Huggins Block and other buildings. With the money earned in those years he was enabled to send for the wife and children he had left in his native land. In 18__ he bought the land whereon was his farm until his death, a farm property is not to be anywhere surpassed in __ naturally and by way of improvement and it was here he acquired most of his ample means, farming and stock raising.

His wife died in 1883(?). She was the mother of ten children, five are dead of whom the latest to pass and but recently was John, whose death the venerable gentleman mourned deeply he being the only son remaining near home and up to whom he placed great dependence in business concerns. Living __ __ number five children, twenty __ grandchildren, twenty-two great grandchildren. For some years past the venerable gentleman was cared for personally by his nurse, Miss Carrie Lancaster, his sister Mrs. Comfort Ridgley having charge of the home. The children surviving are as follows William, a well to do farmer at Girard, Mrs. Henry Wise of this place, Joseph, a prosperous farmer and thorough businessman living near Beatrice Nebraska, Mary, wife of Dr. Asaph Barnes of Girard, Matilda, wife of Joseph Barnes, Sumner County Kansas. All of those named accompanied by their husbands and wives, Joseph Barnes excepted and with them other relatives upwards of thirty in number were present at the funeral, which took place from the Congregational Church on Sunday afternoon. Rev. A. F. Hartel conducted.
(The copy of this article was very hard to read; therefore, there are several blanks.)
[Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Montgomery Co News, 25 Oct 1907, Pg 5 Col 2, Hillsboro, IL
Death at Litchfield - Mrs Mary Lancaster, age 79 years, died at the home of her daughter Mrs. S.A. Karnes at Litchfield Monday. The remains were buried at Carlinville, Tuesday. She is survived by 3 daughters and 2 sons.
[Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Litchfield News Herald, Tuesday Morning, 22 Oct 1907, Pg 1
Mrs. Mary Lancaster, widow of the late William Lancaster of Macoupin County died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. S.A. Karnes, 1003 N Jefferson St, Monday afternoon at 4:15 at the age of 79 years, 9 days after a week of illness
She is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. S.A. Karnes of this city, Mrs. W.H. Behrens wife of Representative Behrens of Carlinville, and Mrs. D.H. Jerauld of Buffalo New York, and 2 sons, L.W. and J.W. Murray of St. Louis.
The remains will be shipped to Carlinville this morning and taken to the home of Mrs. Behrens. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 pm from her residence.
[Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Carlinville Democrat, Thursday, June 15, 1893, Pg 1 Col 7
Died at her residence in Carlinville, Sat, June 10, Mrs Sarah Lancaster, age 54 yrs 4 mos
[Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

News Herald, Aug 1902
William Lancaster died in bed at his home in Carlinville Saturday morning. He was a brother of Mrs. Calvin Drennan of Hornsby. He had been of unsound mind for several years.
[Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Carlinville Democrat, Aug 1902
William Lancaster, of Hornsby, was found dead in bed at the county farm one day last week. He had been sent to Jacksonville for treatment but being crowded at that institution, he was sent to the county farm, where he died from heart failure. An inquest was held Saturday afternoon by Coroner Robinson. The funeral was conducted from the Baptist Church in Hornsby, Sunday morning at 10 o'clock by Rev. W.E. Vaughn. The deceased was 64 years of age.
[Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Roxye L. Livesey, 82, of Gillespie died at 10:20 a.m., Thursday at Pleasant Hill Village Nursing Home in Girard. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, with burial in Mayfield Memorial Park Cemetery, Carlinville. Surviving are one daughter, Marjary Brody of Camarillo, Calif.; two grandchildren; and one sister, Sylvia Allen of Girard. Funeral service was Aug. 14 at Baue Funeral Home, St. Charles. Interment is in Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis. [The Illinois State Journal (Springfield, IL) – Friday, January 16, 1987]

Girard, Jan. 20 – Funeral services for Angelo Lloyd, who died Sunday, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Berry funeral home here.  Rev. Golden T. Lehman of Springfield will officiate and interment will be in Girard cemetery. [Illinois State Journal (Springfield, IL) – Wednesday, January 21, 1942]

Claude Lloyd, 98, of Virden died at 9:45 a.m. Friday at Sunrise Manor. Berry Funeral Home, Virden, is in charge of arrangements. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Charlotte Hulcher of Virden and Mrs. R.D. (Harriet) Beals of Arthur; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Sylvia Allen of Girard. [The Illinois State Journal (Springfield, IL) – Saturday, May 28, 1988]

Girard Woman Dies As Result of Fall
Mrs. Ella Lloyd of Girard, who was injured several days ago when she fell down some steps at her home and broke one arm, died at St. John’s hospital at 1 o’clock yesterday afternoon.  The remains were taken to the undertaking establishment of C. T. Branson and Coroner Branson will hold an inquest in a few days.  The remains will be taken to Girard, where funeral services will be held Thursday.  Burial will be in the Girard cemetery. [The Illinois State Journal (Springfield, IL) – Wednesday, April 19, 1922]

Mrs. Ella Lloyd to be Buried at Girard Thursday
Girard, April 19 – Funeral services for Mrs. Ella Lloyd of this city, who died at 1 o’clock Tuesday afternoon at St. John’s hospital in Springfield, from injuries suffered in a fall at her home, will be held Thursday.  The time and place have not been decided upon.  Burial in Girard cemetery. Mrs. Lloyd suffered a fractured arm and other injuries in the fall, the severe shock from which is believed to have caused her death. Coroner C. T. Branson is conducting investigation but has not fixed the date of the inquest. [The Illinois State Journal (Springfield, IL) – Wednesday, April 19, 1922]

At a regular meeting of Piasa Council No. 66, U.L.A, April 9th, 1864 on motion a committee of five (to prepare preamble and resolutions expressive of the sentiments of the people in regard to the death of George Lowas) were appointed, consisting of E. H. Remick, J. W. Johnson , J. W. Hughs, R. F. Rambo and C. B. Wilson, who reported the following:

Whereas, The Supreme Ruler of the Universe has seen fit in his infinite wisdom and in the exercise of his authority as Lord of Heaven and earth to remove from our midst, by the interposition of death, April 1st, 1864, our respected fellow citizen George Lowas, and

Whereas, We feel it a duty as well as a privilege to express our appreciation of him as a man and a citizen, therefore

Resolved, That in the death of Mr. Lowas, the community sustains a loss which will be severely felt, and that we will, as neighbors and friends, ever cherish in our hearts the remembrance of one whose benevolence, public spirit, kindly disposition, and fidelity to the course of his adopted country, won for him the respect of all who knew him.

Resolved, That tombstones, neatly engraved, with his name, place of birth, date of his death, his age, and some suitable device inscribed thereon, be erected over the remains of the deceased.

Resolved, That we tender to the relations of the deceased, in a distant country, our most sincere and heartfelt sorrow for the loss.

Resolved, That these resolutions be published in the Carlinville Free Democrat and Alton Telegraph, and that copies be sent to the brother and sister of the deceased in England. Donated by src#2 [From the Carlinville Free Democrat, April 14, 1864]

James Lynch, a figure as familiar about the court house as the pillars of the entrance, has passed away. Those who have been won't to come and go through its stately, resounding halls and murky depths in the years past--running back to the earliest period of that mausoleum of architectural genius-- will meet the reassuring figure of its guardian no more,
James Lynch is dead. He passed away soon after midday on Sunday last, not unexpectedly, for relentless disease had since October last had the stamp of death upon his brow. He suffered through the long and weary months, while tender, loving hands ministered unto him, but could only delay the inevitable end. It was not his good fortune to go out into the translated life with the buoyant tread of physical vigor, knowing only the moment's shock of translation, but the dark figure exhausted nature before beckoning him over. Patiently and calmly he suffered through the long and painful ordeal.
James Lynch was born in the county of Cavan, Ireland, in January 1837 and came to this country when 12 years of age, remaining in St. Louis a few years and then coming to Carlinville, where he has lived about 47 years. He was married in 1863 to Jane Dennison, daughter of a well known and much esteemed family, the service being performed by Rev. J. C. Downer, a Presbyterian. The widow survives him, with seven of their eight children. These are Mrs. Lillie B. Olmstead, of Mallon, Texas; Mrs. Dav. W. Pocklington, of this city; Carrie and Nettie who alone remain at home; James of Newark, N. J.; and William and Walter of Chicago. Few families raised in Carlinville have sent out more useful and estimable members of society than that reared under the paternal counsel and guiding hand of James Lynch, and none more deeply mourn the loss of a wise and loving parent.
There was a large concourse of sorrowing friends and neighbors at the funeral services at the residence yesterday afternoon, which were conducted by Rev. H. M. Chittenden of the Episcopal church. The Masonic fraternity, of which Mr. Lynch was an old and valued member, officiated at the grave with their impressive ritual.
Mr. Lynch's occupation at the court house gave him wide acquaintance in the county and all who knew him will have a kind word for his memory. He was genial and kindly in manner, quiet in demeanor, and unbending in integrity. He was a man of value to the community in life and his unobtrusive but exemplary example is a legacy of great worth to his associates and to the town. [Macoupin County Argus, February 13, 1902, Donated by
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