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THOMAS, Betty Jean
News Herald, Litchfield, IL, May 21, 1992 - Betty Jean Thomas
Funeral Mass for Mrs Betty Jean Thomas of 304 W Route 66, Mt Olive, formerly of Litchfield, will be offered Friday at 10 am in Holy Trinity Church by Father James Sheahan, with burial in Holy Trinity Cemetery....
Mrs Thomas, 57 last Dec 25, died Thursday at 7:53 pm in Wood River Twp Hospital. Born in Litchfield, a daughter of Ira E and Jane Reener Wilson, she attended school here and graduated from Litchfield High School. She married Donald J Thomas, May 14, 1955 in Holy Trinity Church, Mt Olive. She was employed as a lab technician at Olin Corp, East Alton, and was a member of the Western Club there and Holy Trinity Church, Mt Olive. Besides her husband, Donald, she is survived by two sons and two daughters, Donald of Troy, David, Cindy Dobrinich, and Jo Marie Yancik all of Mt olive with four grand children. She also leaves one brother, Ira Wilson Jr of Oregon and two sisters, Mary Espero of Mt Olive, and Shirley Jarman of Litchfield. Preceding her in death were three sisters, Evelyn Brightwell, Beulah Branford, and Dorothy Pintar. [
Submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

TOWSE, Ida Celes
Died TOWSE – In Girard, Oct. 29th, Ida Celes, daughter of T. and Martha A. Towsre (sic), aged one year and four months. [Daily Illinois State Journal (Springfield, IL) – Saturday, November 14, 1857]

TRABUE, Dea. Haskins In his residence on Spanish Needle Prairie, in Macoupin county, February 13, 1860 after a lingering illness, Dea. Haskins Trabue, at the age of 69 years, 1 month and 20 days.
We say truly a good man has fallen. Father Trabue is gone. He walked with God, and was not, for God took him. Father Trabue was born in Woodford county, Kentucky, December 24th, 1790. In November 1810, he made a public profession of faith in Christ, and was baptized by Elder Issac Hodgen and was received into the fellowship of the Mt. Gilead Baptist Church in Green county, Kentucky. He and his brother Aaron (who is now living, and a faithful minister of the Gospel) enlisted in the War of 1812, and served for a time in the army. In 1816, he moved to Logan county, Ky., where he married Miss Olympia Wilson. Here he united with others in organizing a church, in which he lived until he felt that as a Christian, he could not conscientiously hold slaves, when he determined from a sense of duty to leave his native state, and as he could not conscientiously hold them, so neither could he sell them to others to be held in bondage, and therefore he manumitted all that he had , amounting in that time in value to about $10,000. In 1835 he settled with his family on Spanish Needle Prairie in this county, where he resided at the time of his death. He was one of the original number who organized the Baptist Church in this place, and also that at Spanish Needle Prairie of which last he was Deacon at the time of his death. As a man he was loved by all. As a Christian, he was a bright example of living, active faith. The cause of Christ lay nearer his heart than anything else. And as his life was one of active effort for the promotion of God's glory, so his end was peaceful and serene. When the summons of death came, he was prepared to go. His peace was made, and no doubts disturbed the departing spirit. His aged companion and eight children still survive to mourn his loss. But they sorrow not as those who have no hope. A few weeks before his death, he made this memorandum: “It has been forty-nine years since I enlisted in the holy war. It is almost over with me now. I am not tired of the service. I have never felt like turning again to the world. I tried the service of the Devil 20 years. His is a hard service. I hope I have never injured the cause of my Blessed Redeemer. I have endeavored to do my duty in the Church and to my neighbors. I feel that the blessed Savior has rewarded me ten-fold in the conversion of my children. He has taken three to Himself, two in infancy , and one in the triumph of a living faith. Eight remain. May the Lord keep them by his grace and make them useful in his service.” And may we not pray that the mantle of the Father may fall on the children! He sleeps the sleep of death, The place that knew him so long, now knows him no more. He rests from his labor, but his works follow him. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. [From the Carlinville Free Democrat, January 23, 1860]


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