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Wakeley, Mrs. Martha, ( Fmr. of Hamburg, N. Y.) d. at res. of her son, Wm. Wakeley, in B. 3/16/1872, a. 69 y.

Walden, Jeremiah, ( Fmr. of McL. Co. ) d. Johnson Co. Mo. 7/3/1872 a. 56 y.

Walden, Jesse, (Son of Elijah & Sally (Walker) Walden,) b. Woodford Co Ky. 3/12/1808, m. 1st, Elizabeth Pike, in Casey Co. Ky. 7/28/1828, std. in Ill. fall of 1828, d. Towanda Twp. McL. Co. abt. 9/7/1874. (Wf. d 8/10/1867.) Ch. John; Wm. L.; George W.; Jesse W.; Archy ; Henry; Albert; Mrs. Sarah J. Kerr. (See Duis' "Good Old Times" 1874, P. 820. )

Walker, Jacob, (Ftr. of Mrs. A. McDougall,) d. San Francisco, Cal 7/14/1871.

Walker, H.
Bloomington, Ill - H. Walker, merchant, went swimming in lake near Fifer.  Cramps. Drowned.  [The Day Book. (Chicago, Ill.), 26 June 1912, tr. by KT]


Wall, Elias H. (Son of Rev. George & Margaret (McFadden) Wall,) b. Warren Co. Ky. 12/3/1797, m Ist , Martha P. dau . of Littlebury & Rhoda Savidge, 12/21/1830, std. in McL, Co. 1833, 1st wf. d. 7/3/1848, m 2nd Clarissa (Garrison) Karr, 10/22/1850, d. Decatur, Ill. 1/18/1874 ( Bur. at Leroy, Ill.) See Duis' 'Good Old Times' 1874, P. 486.

Wallace, Mrs. Mary, ( Wf. of Wm. G. Wallace,) d. Normal, Ill. 9/12/1875 a. 67 y.

Walton, Caleb J. (Son of James T. Walton,) d. B. 3/21/1871 a. 21 y.

Walton, Mrs. Mary, ( Widow of Wm. Walton, bro. of James T. Walton,) d. B. 12/17/1879 . Left 4 ch. - 3 daus. 1 son. Nephew, John T. Walton son of James T. Walton.

Ward, Matthew, ( Oldest son of Richard T. & Susan Ward,) b. Ireland 1834 m. Sarah Murphy, ( b. also in Ireland,) 1857, accidentally killed on R. R. nr. Pontiac, Ill. 10/.../1877. Left widow & 8 ch

Ward, Mrs. P. H. ( Widow of Rev. P. H. Ward,) d. B. 8/18/1878, a. abt 60 y. Ch. Isaac Ward, Quinn Ward, & 5 others

Ward, R. T. d. (Blue Mound Twp. McL. Co.?) 4/25/1878, a. 70 y.

Warnock, Robert, b. in the north of Ireland, d. Normal, Ill. 1/24/1879

Washburn, Mrs. N. B. d. at res. of her son-in-law, Asa H. Moore, in B 2/15/1877. a. 75 y.

Washburn, Mrs. U. S. d. Diamond Grove, Downs Twp. McL. Co. 7/14/1880, a. 49 y. Ch. by 1st Hb. Henry A. Russell, Hattie Russell. ( 2nd Hb., U. S. Washburn, b. abt. 1805.)

Waters, George, d. Lexington Twp. McL. Co. 9/25/1875. 'An old resident'

Watkins Everett C. d. (B.?) 10/2/1880, a. 72 y. 6 ms.

Watson, Mrs. Julia M. (Wf. of Benjamin M. Watson,) d. B. 6/15/1871 a. 35 y.

Wayman, Mrs. Amy B. d. nr. Dana, Ill. 3/5/1875, a. 72 y.

Webb, John J. A. ( Fmr. of B.) d. Brooklyn, N. Y. 12/6/1873, a. 65 y.


Webb -- Richard Golden Webb, 78, of Chenoa died at 2:35 a.m. Sunday (Sept. 25, 1994) at his home. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Chenoa, the Rev. Robert Adelsperger officiating. Burial will be in Chenoa Cemetery, with full military rites accorded by the Chenoa Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8350. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the memorial home. He was born Feb. 29, 1916, at Campbellsville, Ky., the son of Thomas Franklin and Mary Elizzie Willis Webb. He married Annie R. Rice on Nov. 21, 1945, in Lebanon, Ky. She survives. Also surviving are three sons, Richard R. Webb, Gridley; T. Mark Webb, Campbellsville, Ky.; and Timothy M. Webb, Bloomington; two daughters, Wanda M. Martin and Ritta G. Tungate, both of Chenoa; two brothers, Cecil Webb and Marshall Webb, both of Campbellsville, Ky.; three sisters, Justeen Judd and Ruby Heisten, both of Campbellsville, Ky.; and Maxine Lyons, Mannsville, Ky.; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. Two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death. After moving from Campbellsville to Chenoa in 1950, he farmed in the Chenoa area for 23 years. He also worked as a custodian at Chenoa Grade School and later at Chenoa High School, retiring in 1980. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Chenoa. A member of Chenoa VFW Post 8350, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a private first class in the 124th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Gun Battalion. Memorials may be made to the Richard Golden Webb Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home. [The Daily Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois]

Wells, William, d. B. 8/25/1874.

Wentz, Henry - New Orleans: Failing to receive Christmas presents from relatives near Bloomington, Ill., Henry Wentz suicided.  [The Day Book. (Chicago, Ill.), 27 Dec. 1913; Sub by KT]


Wetherall, Mrs. Mary M. (Fmr. of B.; Wf. of Christopher Wetherall.) d. B. 9/7/1872, a. 35 y.

Wheeler, Benjamin, Jr. (Son of Benjamin & Rachel (Harris) Wheeler,) b. Hardy Co. W. Va. 3/14/1803, m. Dorcas, dau. of Jesse & Rebecca (Hinthorn) Havens, in Licking Co. Ohio, 4/10/1828, std. in McL. Co. 1830, d. at res. 1 mile w. of Hudson, Ill. 9/15/1875. Ch. Valentine; Jesse; Wm. L; Mrs. Rebecca Miller; John T.; James A.; Rachel; Elizabeth; Mary; Henry. (See Duis' "Good Old Times" 1874, P. 634.)

Whitcomb, Francis, b. Grafton, N. H. 1/28/1786, m. Jane, dau. of William & Effie (Winebriner) Evans, in Vermilion Co. Ill. std. in McE- Co. 1849, d. Old Town Twp. McL. Co. 1/16/1872. Ch. Jeremiah Whitcomb, & 8 others. (See Hist. McL. Co. Ill. 1879, P. 1007.)

White, Miss Jennie, (Dau. of D. E. White,) d. B. 7/21/1874, a. 18 y.

White, Polly C. d. Normal, Ill. 12/12/1876, a. 40 y.

White -- S. R. White, a young man about 28 years of age accompanied by his wife and three children, came to San Jose from Lexington, Illinois about three months ago. Mr. White was a man of education and refinement, but in poor circumstances. He was forced to take the first employment open to him and secured a situation in Tobe Lord’s livery stable on San Fernando near First street. He lived on Guadalupe street near Auzernis Avenue. He remained in the employment of Mr. Lord until about three weeks ago when he was taken sick with typhoid fever. Mrs. White, who was in delicate condition, was soon after taken ill. The condition of the family was most distressing and had it not been for the generosity of Mr. Lord would have suffered for the necessaries of life. He advanced money for provisions and a nurse. Mr. White’s condition grew alarming and four days ago he became delirious. Mrs. Harry Pierce, on of the ladies of the Sheltering Arms, heard of the case and had the three little children taken to the Home on Second street, where they have since been cared for. At 3 o’clock this morning Mr. White expired. The remains were taken to W. L. Woodrow’s undertaking rooms. Mrs. White’s condition was such that she was not informed of her husband’s death until this forenoon, when Mr. Lord broke the sad news to her. The unfortunate woman was frantic with grief, and it is feared the shock may result seriously to her. Mrs. White’s relatives in Lexington, Illinois, were notified by telegraph. [18 Oct 1889 - San Jose Mercury News, California ]

White, Thomas, d. B. 5/25/1874, a. 45 y.

White, William, d. B. 1/7/1880.

White, Z. T. d. Decatur, Ill. 5/4/1875, a. 26 y.

Whitehead, William, (Only son of Abram & Jane Whitehead,) d. B. 4/4/1875, a. 17 y.

Whiting, Miss Therese B. ( Dau. of Francis & Mary Whiting,) d. Kickapoo, Peoria Co. Ill. 9/15/1872, a. 18 y. 7 ms.


Whitwood -- The memorial service for Raymond E. Whitwood, 87, of Sorento, Fla., formerly of Hudson, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Froelich Memorial Home, El Paso, the Rev. Richard Riley officiating. Inurnment will be at Evergreen Cemetery, El Paso. There will be no visitation. He died Saturday (May 9, 1998) at Central Park Village, Orlando, Fla. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. Mr. Whitwood was born Dec. 2, 1910, in Hudson, a son of Edward and Ella Olson Whitwood. He married Josephine Gildersleeve on Sept. 18, 1942. She survives. He is also survived by three daughters, Juanita Causey of Iowa City, Iowa; Peggy Morgan of Millersville, Md.; and Susan Bird of Letts, Iowa; one sister, Juanita Schwartz, Bloomington; one brother, Donald Whitwood, Hudson; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters. Mr. Whitwood was a member of Avid Gardener and Iowa Beekeepers Association. (The Pantagraph)

Whitwood, Josephine Gildersleeve -- Josephine Whitwood, 88, of Muscatine, Iowa, formerly of El Paso, died at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, June 18, 2003, at the Bickford Cottage in Muscatine. Born Aug. 1, 1914, in Normal to Joseph and Bertha Starkey Gildersleeve, she married Raymond Whitwood on Sept. 18, 1942. He died May 8, 1998. She also was preceded in death by an infant daughter. Survivors include three daughters, Juanita Causey of Iowa City, Iowa, Peggy Morgan of Millersville, Md., and Susan Bird of Letts, Iowa; seven grandchildren; one greatgrandchild; one stepgreatgrandchild; and two sisters, Dorothy Stotler of Hudson and Louise Huizenga of Danforth. She was a member of Wesleyan United Methodist Church in Muscatine. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at RuestmanHarris Funeral Home. Inurnment will be in Evergreen Cemetery. (The Pantagraph)

Wight, James, ( Of Ky.) b. 1789, d. at res. of his dau. Mrs. M. E. Van Pelt, Normal, Ill. 4/22/1871.

Wilde, Isaac, ('Late of Westfield, New Jersey') d. 607 N. Oak St. B. 1/23/1877, a. 71 y.

Willard, Mrs. S. A. d. B. 4/14/1872, a. 28 y.

William -- Edward Williams, 67, a rural Colfax farmer, died of a heart condition at 7:25 a.m. Sunday at Gibson Community Hospital at Gibson City. He had been ill six days. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, at the Harper Funeral Home, with the Rev. Malcom Norment officiating. Burial will be in Wiley Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. He was born near Lexington, Feb. 20, 1891, a son of John and Elizabeth Williams. He married Mattie Harms in November of 1911 at Bloomington. Surviving are his wife; two sons, John E., Lane; Wane B., Colfax; two brothers, Richard A., Danvers; Roland, Fort Dodge, Iowa; a sister, Mwynen Crippes, Fort Dodge, Iowa, and three grandchildren.
[25 Jan 1959 - The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois - Moncelle Family Records]

Williams, Morgan, d. Atlanta, Ill. 3/2/1871, a. 40 y. 5 ms. 11 ds.

Williams, Robert M. ( Soldier of 1812,) b. 1793, d. 319 S. Center B. 8/31/1874. Ch. D. Newton; Daniel P.; Mrs. John Seeley; Robert; Fannie; Ida.

Wills, W. P. d. at res. 1 mile E. of B. 11/29/1870.

Wilson, James C. d. at res. 4 miles N. E. of Towanda, Ill. 12/.../1871.

Wilson, Miss Mary S. ( Dau. of Charles S. & Mena Wilson,) d. at her Ftr's. res. Cor. Walnut & Oak Sts. B. 1/13/1876.

Wilson, Mrs. Catharine, d. at res. of Alderman Lucas, 604 S. Main St. B. 6/.../1875, a. 78 y.

Wilson, William, b. 1791, d. B. 11/21/1872.

Winans, Mrs. Eva, d. New Rutland, Ill. 3/14/1875, a. 74 (Or 71?) y.

Winslow, Morton E. d. at res. of his son-in-law, Theodore Stout, ( B?) 7/11/1876, a. 78 y. 5 ms. 11 ds.

Winsor, Mrs. Amey, (Wf. of Abraham Winsor,) d. Arrowsmith Twp. McL. Co. 10/15/1872, a. 78 y.

Winter -- B.B. "Bill" Winter, 78, of 504 Patterson Drive, Bloomington, a retired farmer and insurance/investing agent, died at 12:03 a.m. Wednesday (Nov. 16, 1994) at BroMenn Lifecare Center, Bloomington. His graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Smith Grove Cemetery, Towanda, the Revs. Blake Duncan and Donald Nester officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, where the Towanda Masonic Lodge will conduct Masonic services at 7 p.m. Mr. Winter was born Feb. 5, 1916, at Bloomington, a son of Albert and Ethel Rhodes Winter. He married Elizabeth Jones April 12, 1939, at Bloomington. She died Nov. 4, 1983. He married Nola Purkey Smith June 30, 1984, at Bloomington. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, David, San Diego, and Roger, Dallas; one brother, Roger Winter, Houston; one stepdaughter, Robin Wilmeth, Columbia, S.C.; one stepson, David Smith, 7 Pembrook Circle, Bloomington; six grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren. Mr. Winter was an Illinois Wesleyan University graduate in 1938 and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta social fraternity at IWU. He was a farmer, retiring in 1956, and an insurance and investing agent for Great West Life Insurance Co. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Bloomington Consistory and the Mohammed Temple Shrine, Peoria. Mr. Winter was an avid golfer and fisherman and a member of Bloomington Country Club and Ducks Unlimited. He also was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Bloomington; McLean County Farm Bureau; and the Corn Belt Council of Boy Scouts. On May 8, 1968, Mr. Winter received the Silver Beaver, Boy Scouting's most distinguished adult award. Memorials may be made to his church or to a Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children. (The Pantagraph)

Wise, George, b. 1 7 88, d. Wenona, Ill. 10/9/1872.

Wise, Whitfield B. d. Decatur, Ill. 3/6/1879, a. 24 y.

Wolf -- Near Chenoa, Ill., the body of a tramp, believed to be William Wolf of Page, Kan., was found mangled by the cars.
[The Princeton union.(Princeton, Minn.), April 26, 1894 - KT - Sub by FoFG]

Wolven, Joseph C, b. 1794, d. at res. of his son, L. D. Wolven, in McLean, Ill. 6/3/1871.

Wood, Mrs. Gussie, (Wf. of R. G. Wood,) d. (B.?) 9/21/1876, a. 31 y.

Wood, Mrs. Lizzie, ( Wf. of Wm. Wood,) d. nr. Lexington, Ill. 12/13/1871.

Woosley, Arthur, Sr
CARLOCK: The funeral of Arthur L. Woosley Sr., 81, of rural Carlock, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Otto-Argo Funeral Home, Carlock, the Rev. David P. Borger officiating. Burial will be in Denman Cemetery, rural Carlock. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.
Mr. Woosley died at 4:30 p.m. Friday (Aug. 12, 1988) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, El Paso. He was born Jan. 7, 1907, in Carlock, a son of Isaac A. and Fannie F. Kearny Woosley. He married Louise Thacker May 16, 1929, in Bloomington. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Arthur L., Jr., Carlock; four daughters, Doris L. Greenburg, Carlock; Loraine E. Lowery, Waynesville; Lola M. Phillips, Congerville; and Karen M. Janssen, Rutland; 17 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two grandchildren, two brothers and one sister. Mr. Woosley worked at Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, for 21 years. He was retired from farming in the Carlock area.
[unknown newspaper/date - Submitted by Ruth Lowery Price]

Woosley, Louise I.
CARLOCK - Louise I. Woosley, 88, of rural Carlock died at 8:04 a.m. Thursday (April 5, 2001) at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal. Her funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Otto-Argo-Froelich Memorial Home, Carlock, the Rev. Ralph Foote officiating. Burial will be in Denman Cemetery, Carlock. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the memorial home.
She was born Jan. 27, 1913, in Knoxville, Tenn. a daughter of Ben and Josephine McFarland Thacker. She married Arthur Woosley, Sr. on May 16, 1929 in Bloomington. He died Aug. 12, 1988.
Survivors include three daughters, Doris L. Greenburg and Lola M. Phillips, both of Carlock; and Karen M. (Paul) Janssen, Rutland; one son Arthur L. (Nancy) Woosley Jr., Carlock; 16 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; seven brothers; seven sisters; one daughter, Loraine Lowery; and three grandchildren.
Mrs. Woosley attended Carlock Mennonite Church. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
[Bloomington Pantagraph, April 6, 2001; Submitted by Ruth Lowery Price]

Wray, Col. John, (Fmr. of B.) d. in Tennessee, 9/.../1877.

Wyckoff, Matthew, d. Empire Twp. McL. Co. 9/24/1878, a. 64 y.



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