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Brighton / Brighton, April 16, 1877 / Editor Alton Telegraph
Rev. Simon Peter, one of the oldest Methodist preachers, died in this place, on last Thursday, and was buried on Saturday following. He was born in Kentucky, 1792, and was over 85 years old at the time of his death. When 18 years old he joined the church; in his 22nd year he commenced preaching. Was married Aug., 1822. In 1828 he moved to Illinois and lived on what is known as the Beldrum place. In 1830 he removed to Greene county; in 1849 he came into Macoupin county, and has lived here since, an example to others in Christian grace and goodness, and ripe for the kingdom of Him who doth all things well.  [Alton Weekly Telegraph, Alton, Illinois, Thursday, April 19, 1877, Vol. XLII, No. 6, Page 2, Column 5 - Submitters Name: David Peter]

Funeral services for M. W. Prichard father of Mrs. Bert Riggs of Virden, were held in the Girard Baptist Church Monday February 12 at 1:30 pm. Rev. Mr. Webb of Girard officiated. Burial was in Girard Cemetery.
Marcus Warland Prichard son of William and Dulcina Prichard, was born in Franklin county, Virginia on March 27, 1859.
Mr. Prichard married Arabella Frances Rucker, also of Virginia and came to Auburn a few years, then moved to Girard. After making his home there for quite a few years he purchased a farm near Coops Mound east of Carlinville where he lived until the death of his wife five years ago.
Since that time Mr. Prichard made his home alternately with his three children until the last week of his life, which was spent at the home of his brother-in-law Jeff Rucker of Virden. He became ill with pneumonia and was bedfast only one week. He died in a hospital in Springfield at 3:00 pm February 10.
Mr. Prichard is survived by three children. Silas Prichard of Kansas, IL. Mrs. Bert Rigg of Virden and Bert Prichard of Carlinville; ten grandchildren; a sister Mrs. Jack Bullock of Girard, three brothers, Henry and Charles of Girard and Sam of Butler.
Sam suffered a heart attack and was not able to attend the funeral. Charles was also unable to attend as he was seriously ill for some time.
Out of town nieces who attended the funeral were Mrs. Frank Hopper and Miss Leotho Rucker of Virden and Mrs. Wm Hutzler, husband and daughter of Springfield.
[Virden Recorder, February 15, 1940 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]


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