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Unless otherwise stated, these obituaries were compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer and published in 1912


Packard, Miss Nora, (Dau. of A. & J. Packard,) d. B. 3/7/1873, a. abt. 17 y.

Painter, Mrs. Mary E. ( Wf. of James A. Painter,) d. B. 3/16/1878, a. 29 y.

Paist, Wm. (Druggist,) b. Delaware Co. Pa. 1805, mvd. to Charleston, Ohio, 182..., std. at B. 1852, m. Maria Dawson, d. B. 1/25/1874.

Park, Geo. T. d. at res. of Wm. H. Temple Sr. in B. 3/10/1873, a. 20 y.

Parke, Mrs. Lucy G. (Nee Williams,) b. Norfolk, Va. 8/3/1798, std. in B. 1835, d. at res. of her son-in-law, Wm. H. Temple Sr. 416 E. Front St. B. 3/25/1877.

Parke, Thomas J. d. at res. of his Bro. Dr. C. R. Parke, ... N. Main St. B. 12/17/1873, a. 48 y.

Parkinson, Mrs. Julia M. (Dau. of Mrs. N. A. Mason,) d. (Normal, Ill.?) abt. 8/12/1879.

Parsons, Hazo, ( Soldier of 1812; Postmaster of B. 1849-1855. ) b. Eelchertown , Hampshire Co. Mass. 1790, m. Betsey Whitman, std. at B. 1841, d. B. 11/30/1873. Ch. John Parsons, Mrs, Elizabeth McCarty, Mrs. Cordelia Allin, Martha Parsons, Harriett Parsons, Philo Parsons, Mrs. Louisa Harrison.

Patterson, Mrs. Sarah, of Wheeling, W. Va. ( Mtr. of Mrs. Wm. Hogg,) d. B. 9/21/1873.

Patton -- Alma J. Patton, 91, of rural Gridley died at 6:30 a.m. Sunday (May 24, 2009) at the home of her daughter. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Calvert & Froelich Memorial Home, El Paso, with the Rev. Traig Whitaker officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, El Paso. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the memorial home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to East White Oak Bible Church, 11922 E. 2000 N orth Road, Carlock, 61725 or to BroMenn Hospice, Normal. Mrs. Patton was born Sept. 26, 1917, in El Paso, the daughter of Martin G. and Lula Hinshaw Jones. She married Harold A. Patton on Nov. 12, 1938, in Shirley. He died March 31, 1991. Surviving are three children, Judith (Jose) Arteaga of Normal, and Stephen (Patricia) Patton and Jean (James) Dunlap, both of rural Gridley; 10 grandchildren, Danita (Terry) Punke, Lynn Wahls, Michael (Suzanne) Wahls, Jeffrey (Carla) Wahls, Rebecca Dolan, Andrew (Bev) Patton, Robert Patton, Jenifer Patton, Tricia (Brad) Ooms and Stephanie (Kevin) Moore; six step-grandchildren, Alma (Pepe) Cerventez, Lopita (Luis) Carreno, Adam Arteaga, Luis (Corrina) Arteaga, Jesus (Martha) Arteaga and Anita (Martin) Peranla; 17 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Thomas A. Patton, on Sept. 28, 2008. Mrs. Patton retired from Illinois State University in 1978, where she was a secretary in the department of curriculum and instruction. She was a woman of great faith and love for her Lord, Jesus Christ, and was a member of East White Oak Bible Church, Carlock. Mrs. Patton had a way to make everyone feel special. Her kitchen is fondly remembered as a place to have cookies, hot cocoa, and great conversation. She was blessed with a sharp mind and able to share her faith and stories until the last few days. She was truly an inspiration to all and will be sadly missed. A special thank you goes to Dr. Sriratana and the nursing staff at BroMenn Home Health and Hospice for their outstanding care. You are a blessing to have in our community. (The Pantagraph)

Patton -- Helen M. Patton, 104, of Lexington died at 7:40 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 9, 2003) at Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church of Lexington, with the Rev. Ray Owens officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Lexington. Her visitation will be from noon until time of service Wednesday at the church. Musselman-Beck Funeral Home, Lexington, is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Methodist Church, Meadows Mennonite Retirement Home, or Lexington Education Advancement Foundation (LEAF). She was born May 31, 1899, near Greenville, a daughter of Robert M. and Margaret (Miller) Swartz. She married Tilden M. Patton on Dec. 9, 1925. He died on May 25, 1957. She was also preceded in death by her parents; five sisters; and four brothers. She is survived by four nieces, Mary Kasmark of Greenville; Margaret Hebel of Normal; Mary Helen Obermark of Greenville; and Janelle Wesselschmidt of Highland. She attended school in Bond County and later attended Charleston Teachers College. She taught country schools in Bond County for six years and one year in McLean County. She also taught Sunday school for 36 years at the First United Methodist Church of Lexington. She became a member of the Mt. Carmel Methodist church near Greenville at the age of 12 and later joined the First United Methodist Church of Lexington. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women, the Lexington Women's Club, the Letiita Green Stevenson chapter of the D.A.R., the Christian Farmers Organization, The Lexington Women's Community Welfare Association, and the American Bell Association. She traveled extensively to the Bell Association Annual Meetings. She had a collection of over 1900 bells and for many years gave programs on bells to organizations throughout the area. In 1997, she donated two of her large bells to the City of Lexington and they are now on display in the "Patton Park," which was dedicated to her at that time. Helen was very proud of her age and of being honored by the D.A.R. as a Tri-Centenarian. She loved recalling her days of teaching in one-room schools, riding in their horse-drawn surrey or walking to school, and her family's first automobile. Helen was a kind and generous lady. She loved people and will be missed by all who knew her. [The Pantagraph - Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois (Moncelle Family Files)]

Paul, Miss Lydia S. (Dau. of Mrs. Rebecca Paul) d. B. 4/6/1871, a. 21 y. 7 ms.

Payne, R. W. d. at res. of his son-in-law , H. R. Darst , Eureka , Ill. 3/21/1875, a. 69 y.

Peck -- Frank G. Peck, a pioneer of the Pikes Peak region who has always been prominently identified with the gold mining industry and for the last 14 years president of the Portland Gold Mining Company, died at the home of his sister-in-law, Miss Kate Burns, 423 North Tejon street, at 7 o'clock yesterday morning. Mr. Peck has been ill since last September but his condition was not considered critical until the last few weeks. Mr. Peck was born in McLean, Illinois, June 7, 1862. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Peck of Clinton, Ill. and he came with them to Colorado Springs in June, 1872. His father was one of the original colonists of the pikes peak region and the family lived in one of the colony buildings that were shipped her overland from Chicago. Mr. Peck was one of the first to become interested in the developmetn of Cripple Creek and was one of the original organizers of the Portland company as well as the Midget Gold Mining company. From the beginning of the Portland company he was an officer and has directed its policies as president since 1906. In addition to his mining interests in Cripple Creek, he had mining and industrial connections in Guanajuato, Mexico. Mr. Peck is survived by his wife, who lives at 917 North Nevada avenue and two sons, James, a student at the Colorado School of Mines, and Robert, a student at Notre Dame university in Indiana. His mother, Mrs. Lucinda E. Peck, one of the oldest residents of the Pikes Peak region and one of the few surviving members of the early colonists, lives at 208 East Boulder street. No funeral arrangements have been made pending the arrival of his son Robert from Notre Dame. [1922 Jul 27 - Gazette-Telegraph, Colorado]

Peck, Joseph H. ( Fmr. of B.) b. Botetourt Co. Va. 3/22/1792, m. Margaret Depew, 1818, std. at B. 1836, d. Decatur, Ill. 5/27/1874.

Peckman, Charles, b. Birkhausen, Saxony, std. at B. 1860, d. of effects of accidental gunshot at B. 9/11/1875, a. 39 y.

Pelser, Peter J. ( R. R. Conductor; Fmr. of B.) accidentally killed at Lathrop, Cal. 11/.../1880.

Perry, Rev. David I. ( 1st Mayor of B.) d. B. 5/15/1878, a. 78 y. Dau. Mrs. Julia G. Scott, widow of Hon. John M. Scott.

Peters, J. ( Ftr. of Mrs. E. P. Penniman, of B.) d. Hanover, Mich. 11/18/1877.

Pfister, Jeanne Veronica Hancock
WASHINGTON -- Jeanne Veronica Pfister, 85, of Madison, Wis., formerly of Washington, died at 1 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 18, 2005). Service: 11 a.m. today at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Washington, with the Rev. Joseph Donton officiating. Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery, Merna. Visitation: one hour before the service at the church. Mason-White Funeral Home, Washington Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials: St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Washington, or Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Madison. Survivors: three daughters, Ada Davis, Madison; Kathryn (William) Stoeckel, House Springs, Mo.; and Patricia (Randy) Johnson, Columbus Junction, Iowa; two sons, Benjamin (Jane) Pfister, Rock Island, and James (Mary) Pfister, Inverness, Fla.; one sister, Patricia Schaefer, Normal; one brother, John Hancock, Chandler, Ariz.; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. (The Pantagraph)

Phelps, Nelson A. d. at res. of Dr. Lee Smith, 511 W. Mulberry St. B. 1/22/1878, a. 28 y.

Philbrook, Samuel, (Conductor, C. & A. R. R.) d. Roodhouse, Ill. 8/22/1874.

Phillips - John Drexel Phillips, 95, Bloomington, passed away Wednesday (Oct. 17, 2007) at BroMenn Regional Medical Center in Normal. Cremation rites have been accorded. A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Holy Cross Cemetery in Merna. East Lawn Funeral Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Hudson Christian Church. John was born July 27, 1912, son of William and Adah Roles Phillips in rural Colfax. Surviving are two sons Robert (Becky) Phillips, Normal, and Larry Crummett, Bloomington; three daughters, Judy Wheat, Pontiac; and Sharon (Charles) Richard and Pat Wilkinson, both of Arrowsmith; 32 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two wives;–two sisters;–four brothers;–four daughters;–one grandson; and–one granddaughter. John worked as a farmer in the Cooksville/Colfax area until he started at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, being a caretaker for the cemetery for around 25 years. John is now reunited with his faithful companion, Penny, who also passed away Wednesday. John was a loving father and grandfather who will be deeply missed. (The Pantagraph)


Phillips, Mrs. Nannie, (Nee Bates; Wf. of Isaac N. Phillips) m. 10/.../1875, d. B. 8/15/1879.

Pierson, Mrs. Catharine, ( Mtr. of Daniel M. Pierson, of 614 S. Main St. B.) d. B. 4/13/1876, a. 77 y.

Pike, Col. Samuel, (Journalist, Fmr. of B.) b. Grayson, Co. Va. 4/6/1804, m. thrice, d. Leesburgh, Highland Co. Ohio, 31/16/1874. Son, Wallace Pike. (TRANSCRIBER NOTE: the date of 31, 16, 1874 was listed in as such in this book)

Pike, Harrison W. ( Son of Noah & Joanna (Hurd) Pike,) b. Fryeburg, Maine, 8/19/1804, m. Susan A. Mayberry, Dau. of Edward & Mary (Johnson) Mayberry, 10/31/1837, std. at B. 6/1/ 1854, d. 521 E. Chestnut St. B. 6/2/1877. Ch. Edward M. Pike, Noah H. Pike, Mrs. Sue A. Sanders, Ivory H. Pike, Alpheus H. Pike, Mrs. Anna M. Cornell, Mrs. Mary A. Gale. (See Biog. Rec. McL. Co. 1899, P. 149.)

Pike, Mrs. Susan A. ( Widow of Harrison W. Pike,) b. 2/3/1813, d. B. 2/12/1878.

Pike, Meshack, ( Son of Noah & Joanna (Hurd) Pike,) b. Fryeburg, Maine, 2/7/1807, m. Ethalinda Wedgewood, std. at B. 1852, d. B. 2/12/1873. Ch. Ruthven W. Pike, Mrs. Francena W. Quigg,

Pike, Theophilus S. (Son of Noah & Joanna (Hurd) Pike,) b. Fryeburg, Maine, 12/10/1802 m. Mercy Thompson, std. at B. 1852, d. B. 4/.../1873. Ch. Randolph A. Pike, Mrs. Ethalinda W. Patch, Asenath Pike, Mrs. Mary L. Bone.

Pitner, William, (Farmer; Fmr. of Cass Co. Ill.) d. at res. of his Bro., Rev. W. C. Pitner, Decatur, Ill. 3/22/1875, a. 75 y.

Platt, Mrs. Sarah, (Wf. of Ephraim Platt,) b. Llynchburg, W. Va. (1st Hb. ... Woodson,) std. a B. 5/8/1837, d. at res. of her son-in-law, Louis A. Burke, 909 Wood St. B. 12/8/1879, a. 74 y. 6 ds. Ch. of 1st m. Mrs. Hon. John L. Roatt, Mrs. Wm. Painter, Mrs. Daniel Duffy, Samuel Woodson, Ch. of 2nd m. Mrs. John Stone, Mrs. Louis A. Burke, George Platt, Albert Patt, Albert Platt, Charles Platt.

Plume, James C. d. B. 9/12/1875, a. 74 y.

Plumb, Mrs. Frances, (Wf. of G. M. Plumb,) d. Eureka, Ill. 2/28/1871.

Pogue, Mrs. Rebecca, d. at her res. 3 miles s. e. of Fairbury, Ill. 8/13/1871 a. 67 y.

Poindexter, Mrs. Elizabeth, (Wf. of Arnett Poindexter,) d. at her res. 3 miles s. e. of B. 3/23/1874, a. 75 y.

Poor, Prof. D. J. d. (of apoplexy,) Lexington, Ill. 1/29/1878, a. abt. 65 y. Ch. Mrs. J. C. Mahan, Thompson Poor, Miss M. E. Poor.

Popple, Miss Minnie, d. B. 5/18/1874, a. 18 y.

Powell, Reuben, (Son of Ethan O. and Arribella Powell,) d. nr. Eureka, Ill. 2/11/1878, a. 20 y. 5 ms. 4 ds.

Price, Bert, b. Warren Co. Ky. 1828, std. (with his parents) in McL. Co. 1834, m. Elizabeth Bishop, (daughter of Wm. Bishop,) 1850, d. at his res. 5 miles s. e. of B. (on Leroy road,) 6/29/1878. Ch. Mrs. J. H. Denning, Mrs. L. E. Baker and 2 others. (Also left a widow.)

Price, Henry, d. Wheatland Twp. Macon Co. Ill. 3/19/1875, a. 85 y. (Father-in-law of Wm. Pitner.)

Pumpelly, Mrs. Mary, b. Buckfield, Oxford Co. Maine, 1793, m. Bennett Pumpelly, d. at res. of her son, Dr. J. N. Pumpelly, Mt. Pulaski, Ill. 3/9/1876. (Hb. d. 1858.)


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