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SAWYER, Elizabeth M.
Mrs. Mary Finnegan recieved word of the death of her sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Moss Sawyer, 72, formerly of Staunton, who died 10 a.m. Wed. at the home of her son, Melbourne Sawyer, in Tulsa Oklahoma. Mrs. Sawyer was a member of the Methodist Church at Staunton. Since 1913 she was a member of the Mayflower Camp R.N.A. at Staunton. She was born in Crawford Village, England in 1871. She came to America from England with her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Moss in 1879. She was married to Valentine Sawyer, who preceded her in death. She is survived by 3 sons: Melbourne, and Robert Sawyer, both of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Earl Sawyer, auto machinest manager, of Amarillo, Texas. There are also 2 grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Finnegan. [ Wed. Jan 5, 1944 - Edwardsville Intelligencer Newspaper - Contributed by Crystal Jensen]

SCHULTZ, Gustave
Infant Passed Away While Parents Were Taking Him to Office of Physician Coroner D. H. Karnes went to Staunton Friday morning to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of little Gustave Schultz who died in his mother's arms early Friday morning while his parents were taking the little one to a physician's office for treatment.
The father of the infant testified that Gustave had been ill for several days and that they had given it milk and blackberry brandy as medicine. This mixture did no good however, and Friday morning about 5 o'clock they started to the doctors office with the infant. On the way they noticed that the baby was alive but just before they reached the office the little one died in his mother's arms. The frantic parents rushed into the office but the doctor announced that nothing could be done to restore the child. Gus Schultz the father of the baby is a miner.
After hearing the evidence the coroner's jury brought in a verdict that the baby had died of cholera infant.
[MACOUPIN COUNTY ENQUIRER - September 25, 1912]

SCOGGINS, Delores "Dee"
Delores "Dee" Scoggins, 76, of Virden, died Thursday June 23, 2011, in Pittsfield. Dee was born Aug. 1, 1934, in Springfield, a daughter of Edgar and Elsie (Roberts) Clause. She was a graduate of Virden High School class of 1952. She worked as a dispatcher for the Virden Police Dept. retiring after 15 years. Dee also worked with her daughters at Mama Dee's Kitchen in Virden for many years. Dee is survived by her sons, Mike E. Scoggins of Atlanta, Craig A. (Lorna) Scoggins of Springfield, Richard E. (Vicky) Scoggins of Carterville and James B. (companion, Linda) Scoggins of Pittsfield; daughters, Janette L. Scoggins of Pembroke Pines, Fla., Brenda A. (Bob) Franz of Thayer and Connie L. (Joe) Gibson of Pittsfield; 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and several cousins. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday June 27, at Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home, Virden, with funeral services at 7 p.m. Monday, June 27, at the funeral home with Rev. John Huxtable officiating. Honorary pallbearers were, Mike E. Scoggins, Craig Scoggins, Randy E. Scoggins, Richard E. Scoggins, James B. Scoggins, Chad Scoggins, Brock Scoggins, Justin Woods, Ryon Scoggins, Joe Gibson, Bob Franz, Bobby Baker, Joshua Baker and Jacob Scoggins. Cremation rites will follow services and private burial of ashes will be held at a later date in Virden Cemetery
. [The State-Journal Register, Springfield, June 25, 2011 - Sub by Ella Tittsworth]

SEATON, Eddie Amberson
Died 11/20/1922
"He was my Great Grandfather; his spouse is Edna Henry Seaton she died March 16, 1928"  Submitters Name: Judith Pease

SELLERS, John Henry
Born, Lancashire, England. Son of Thomas D. and Mary Thornton Sellers. He studied theology at Nehostah, Wis.; preached at Island Pond and Brookfield, Vt., St. Joseph, Mo., and Bunker Hill, Ill. Died, Oct. 21, 1896.
Married, June 26, 1890, Carrie Louise, daughter of David R. and Louise Kidder Belcher. Children: Paul Thornton and Virginia Belcher, both living.
[Source: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1898-1899, Hanover, N.H., Dartmouth Press, 1899. - tr. by K. Mohler]

SHARPE, Elizabeth A.
Carlinville, Sept. 20 – Miss Elizabeth A. Sharpe, 74 years of age, who has been blind since childhood, died in this city yesterday, after a short illness.  She has resided in this city since 1836.  The funeral took place today from the residence of her sisters, Mrs. Mary A. Hicks.  Rev. J. A. Lucas of the M. E. church officiating. [The Illinois State Journal (Springfield, IL) – Monday, September 22, 1902]

SHORTS, Rebecca
Tuesday morning, the 14th inst., Mrs. Rebecca Shorts, wife of Samuel Shorts, died, aged 82 years.  She has lived on the farm where she died, at the edge of the timber north of Virden, for 34 years.  [Illinois State Journal (Springfield, IL) – Tuesday, September 21, 1869]

SIMPSON, Elizabeth J.
Macoupin’s Oldest Native is Dead
Mrs. John A. Simpson of Carlinville Dies at Age of 88
Carlinville, Aug. 3 – Death has called from this county today its oldest native born woman, Mrs. John A. Simpson, who died shortly after noon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. P. C. Davenport, in this city, aged 88 year.
Mrs. Simpson was Elizabeth Jan Hodges, the daughter of Seth Hodges.  Mr. Hodges and John Love are believed to be the first white men to come to this county to live.  They were trappers and wandered here in 1815 from Tennessee, where they had drifted from Virginia.  These two brave pioneers built log cabins just four miles south of what is now Palmyra on a creek they named Hodges creek.  In a year they gathered a large collection of furs and took them to old Fort Chartres, which is now St. Louis.  Here they parted, Love coming back to their cabins and Hodges going to Tennessee for his family and that of his companion.  On the return trip they met Ezekiel Goode, who joined them and also settled near Palmyra.  Mrs. Simpson was not born until March 22, 1827, and had the distinction of being born in the only two-story log cabin in the district, as her father had prospered and made his family as comfortable as possible for those pioneer days.
Mother Cousin of Jefferson
Her mother, Mary Abigail Jefferson, was a cousin of Thomas Jefferson and taught her children all the arts of the day.  Mrs. Simpson could spin and weave  and, like all pioneer women, could shoot.  More than one deer has fallen to her excellent marksmanship, and her stories of wolves and bears which were then in the timber around their cabin were thrillingly told to her grandchildren. Much of the early history of the county was formed by these three families, Mr. Hodges once owning the land that is now the Carlinville square, and he was instrumental in securing the county sear for Carlinville. He died when Mrs. Simpson was but eight years old and she was then taken by an aunt to be raised.  She was converted at a camp meeting and joined the Goshen Baptist church when very young.  In 1850 she was married to John Simpson and was the mother of eight children, four of whom survive her, namely Mrs. P. C. Davenport of this city, Mrs. J. C. Maxfield of Barr Store and Thomas T. and W. J. Simpson of Palmyra.
Saw Many Changes
Mrs. Simpson always said she was an “evolutionized” woman.  Beginning as a child when women knew little but drudgery, she lived through all the many changes that have brought them to be the equal of men.  Though she believed in the modern way and believed that women should vote, there were certain old-fashioned ways that she dislikes to see disregarded.  One of these was the riding horseback sideway, and when she was 85 years old she took her granddaughter’s horse, which was saddled with a man’s saddle, and sitting on it sideways she galloped up and down the road to show her grandchildren how women should ride modestly.
Until recently Mrs. Simpson kept abreast of all the late news and was a marvel to all who knew her.  Her long life was one of devotion to her Maker and her family, and her wonderful personality will long be felt.
The funeral will be held at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon in Palmyra at the Baptist church and the interment will be in the little cemetery where many of her relatives were laid who passed to the great beyond in years gone by. [The Illinois State Journal (Springfield, IL) – Wednesday, August 4, 1915; JD, Sub by FoFG]

Palmyra, July 28 – John Simpson, aged 74, died at the home of his son, William Simpson today.  The funeral services will be held tomorrow. [The Illinois State Journal (Springfield, IL) – Friday, July 29, 1904; JD, Sub by FoFG]

SIMPSON, Thomas Jefferson
Palmyra, Feb. 3 – Thomas Jefferson Simpson, 89, died at 8:50 a.m. Monday at his home here.  He had been ill two weeks.  Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Stults funeral home here.  Rev. Milton Easterling, pastor of the Christian church, will officiate and interment will be in Oak Hill cemetery. [The Illinois State Journal (Springfield, IL) – Wednesday, February 4, 1942; JD, Sub by FoFG]

SMITH, Marceline Mae Reincke
died: June 13, 1997
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, June 15, 1997

TAYLORVILLE - Marceline M. Smith, 69, of Taylorville, formerly of Stonington, died Friday at Memorial Medical Center. Survivors: a son, Allen D. "Butch" Smith of Taylorville; two daughters, Monica Harrold and Dee Ann Smith, both of Taylorville; four grandchildren; and mother, Opal Reincke of Taylorville.
Services: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Connolly-McClure Funeral Home, Taylorville. Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Taylorville.

Marceline M. Smith, 69, Taylorville, formerly of Stonington, died Friday (June 13, 1997). Member: Fairview United Methodist Church. Survivors: son, Allen D. ''Butch'', Taylorville; daughters, Monica Harrold and Dee Ann Smith, both of Taylorville; mother, Opal Reincke, Taylorville; four grandchildren. Preceded by: father and two brothers. Services: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Connolly-McClure Funeral Home, Taylorville. Visitation: one hour before services. Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Taylorville.
[Herald & Review, Decatur, IL, June 15, 1997 - Contributed by Sara Hemp]

Cyril P. Solomon, 89, of Modesto, died Saturday evening, Oct. 15, 2011, at Carlinville Area Hospital in Carlinville. He was born March 21, 1922, in Palmyra, son of the late Lee and Nola M. Cole Solomon. He married Mardell Irene McGarvey on Sept. 10, 1947, in Carlinville, and she preceded him in death June 1, 2004. Surviving are three daughters, Marcella Lovelace and husband Phil of Modesto, Linda Passalacqua and husband Ross of Palmyra and Peggy Ribble and husband Chris of Hettick; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, Paul W. Solomon and wife Phyllis of Carthage, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; a great-granddaughter, Jenna Sampson; and two brothers, Evan Solomon and Vernon Solomon. He was a 1940 graduate of Palmyra High School. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II and a member of the Palmyra Legion Post. Cyril along with his brother owned and operated Solomon Brothers Garage in Palmyra for many years. He later welded for Arrnett Pipe and Supply in Hettick, as well as mechanic work at his residence. He also worked at the Palmyra-Modesto Water Plant. Cyril was very community minded, starting and as a member of the Palmyra Fire Department as well as being instrumental in starting the Zelmer Memorial Airpark outside Palmyra, and other civic projects. He loved motorcycles, flying, playing music, boating, trap shooting and hunting. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Stults-Neece Chapel in Palmyra. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery with graveside military rites conducted by the Palmyra Legion Post. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. today at the chapel.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Steidley, Mrs. Mary, in her 71st year, d. 22 Jan. at her residence in Macoupin, Ill. b. Frederick Co., Md.; embraced religion in Va. in 1818. Western Advocate (Central Christian Advocate, Vol. 1., 22 Apr. 1853, p. 63) [donated by K. Torp]

STINNETT, Charles W.
Charles Willis Stinnett, born March 1, 1863 at Wrights, Illinois, son of James and Jane (Ferguson) Stinnett. He was a retired farmer, 91 years old and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Edward Smith, Gillespie. He married Cora Olive Mayberry on February 22, 1889 at Athensville. Nine children survive: Curtis L. Of Granite City, James of Beneld, Charles of Carlinville, Ethel of Modesto, Mrs, Edward Smith, Donald, Victor and Glenn of Gillespie. Burial at Mayfield Memorial Park in Carlinville. [May 27, 1954, Unknown Newspaper - Submitted by Anne Stinnett]

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