"B" Surname Obituaries

Hardin Bale

Petersburg Observer, Nov. 8, 1879

At his home in Petersburg, on Saturday, Nov. 1st at 6 o'clock p.m. of dropsy of the chest, Hardin Bale, aged sixty-three years. Mr. Bale was a native of Green County, Ky., but has been a resident and identified with the business of Menard county for over forty years. He built and operated the first csrding mill in this part of the state, at Old Salem, somewhere in the thirties, and since 1841 has been a resident and active business man in Petersburg, and to his enterprise and public spirit is due much of the success of the town in an early day. Mr. Bale was universally esteemed and respected by all who knew him, both as a good citizen and an upright business man, and leaves a large circle of personal friends to mourn his death. The funeral services were conducted in the Baptist church on Monday the 3d last, at two o'clock p.m. by Rev. J.P. Curry, and were attended by a large concourse of relatives and friends. The remains were interred in the South Hill cemetery.

Contributed by: Judy Hurdle

Lydia Baltzell

June 1922, Petersburg Observer or Democrat

Mrs. Lydia Baltzell died at her home here last Friday. Funeral Sunday.

Mrs. Lydia Anna Baltzell, a great-great-grandmother, died at her home in this city last Friday, June 2 at the age of almost eighty four years. Her death was the result of infirmity due to old age.

Mrs. Baltzell was born August 21, 1828 at Youngstown Ohio. She was the widow of Benjamin Baltzell, a Civil War veteran, who preceded her in death in 1908. She is survived by two children, Mrs. Emma Feagans of this city and one son, Frank E. Underwood, who lives in Peoria. One son, Edward A. Malby preceded her in death. She is also survived by one brother, William M. Kear of Washington, NC.

In addition to her children, Mrs. Baltzell is survived by eighteen grand-children, twenty four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. The great-great- grandchildren are Jane and Maxine, the little daughters of Mrs. Milton Robbins. Mrs. Henry Kern and Joseph Feagans are the only grand-children who live here.

The family is remarkable in that there have been for the past five years five generations represented in this city. They are: Mrs. Baltzell; her daughter, Mrs. Emma Feagans; her grand-daughter, Mrs. Henry Kern; her great-granddaughter, Mrs. Milton Robins; and her great-great-granddaughter, Maxine Robbins. A younger great-great-granddaughter, Jane Robbins is past two years old.

Funeral services were held at the late residence Sunday afternoon, June 4 at 2:30, conducted by the Rev. J. Brainard Brown, pastor of the First Baptist church. The remains were laid to rest in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Contributed by:John Feagans

Anna Barclay

Unknown newspaper

DIED - In Petersburg, Aug. 5, 1887, Mrs. Anna Barclay, in her 87th year. Funeral services will be held at Barclay chapel this (Saturday) afternoon, Aug. 6, at 2 o'clock. Rev. J.M. Johnston officiating. Burial at Barclay cemetery.

Contributed By: Jeanie Lowe

James Basso

Newspaper Unknown

James Basso, a well known and highly respected citizen of Athens, died at the home of his son, Joseph in Gillespie, Sunday afternoon, October 20, 1929, at 4:30 o'clock, following a stroke of paralysis on the preceding Wednesday. He was aged 83 years 4 months and 2 days. His wife preceded him in death about five years ago.

He is survived by six sons, Joe of Gillespie; Samuel and Thomas of Springfield; John, Henry and Mike of this city and two brothers, Dominik of Henderson and Joe of Chicago. He is also survived by nineteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

The remains were brought to home of his son, John Basso, in this city last Sunday night, and funeral services were held at the Holy Family church, Tuesday morning, October 22, at 9:30 o'clock, Rev. Father Carey officiating. Interment was made in the Hall cemetery.

Contributed by:Bertha Emmett

Annie Beaver

Newspaper Unknown, January 18, 1937

Mrs. Annie America Beaver, the daughter of Morrison and Melissa Meecham, a member of a family of five children, was born near Georgetown, Sangamon County, Illinois, August 21, 1855 and died at the family residence in Athens at 8:40 Monday morning, January 18, 1937, at the age of 81 years, 4 months and 27 days.

Deceased was married to David Beaver in Athens on March 2, 1873. To this union eleven children were born; seven sons and four daughters; three sons dying in infancy.

In the year 1890, Mrs. Beaver united with the church of God, at Springfield, Illinois, later transferring her membership to the Methodist Episcopal Church of Athens and has since lived a consistent Christian life.

On August 14, 1926, her husband departed this life leaving Mrs. Beaver then to share the home with her son Ezra who has done everything humanly possible to minister to the wants and needs of his mother.

Mrs. Beaver had been in failing health for the past few years, but not until about ten days ago did her condition grow alarming and on the above date, suffering from the infirmities of old age and other physical disabilities passed on to join many of her family who have gone before.

Surviving her are four sons, Ezra, Athens; Otto, Cantrall; Charles and Melvin, Route 3, Lincoln, Illinois; two daughters, Mrs. Alice Sealock, Havana and Mrs. Mamie Stiles, of Lincoln; also 20 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Michael, Springfield, and Mrs. Alice Gard, Decatur.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, at the Mott funeral home. Rev. W. W. Harding, pastor of the M. E. Church officiating. Interment was made in Hall cemetery.

William Beekman

Newspaper Unknown (1881)

Died, Sept. 7, in Pleasant Plaines, of typhoid fever, Wm E. Beekman, aged 29 years, 2 months, and 26 days. Funeral services at Richland Baptist church, Friday, Sept. 9th.

Contributed By: Brenda (Hamilton) Johnson

David S. Bell

June 17, 1915, Aberdeen Weekly News [South Dakota]

David S. Bell, 80 years old, a retired farmer and civil war veteran, died at 7 o'clock Saturday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fred O. McNames, 102 Ninth Avenue southwest, of stomach trouble.

The deceased was born in Menard county, Illinois, October 16, 1834. He was the son of A.B. and Mary White Bell. He leaves to mourn his loss a son, Charles T. Bell, of Dallas, Ore., and a daughter, Mrs. Fred. O. McNames, of Aberdeen. Among the other survivors are three grandsons, two granddaughters and one greatgrandson.

Mr. Bell was converted in early youth, lived and died in the faith. He was a member of the Baptist church in Illinois. He showed by his patience and suffering during the last two years that he had trusted in his Lord.

The deceased was a charter member of the Thomas Elsom Post Northville and a veteran of the war. He served three years in Fourteenth Illinois Volunteer Infantry.

Contributed by Kristin Vaughn

Mary Pierce Benjamin

Urbana Daily Courier, June 11, 1932

Rantoul, Ill, June 11. - (Special to The Courier) -- Mrs. Mary L. Benjamin, widow of Casper C. Benjamin died at her home here last evening at 10:30 o'clock following a long illness, which rendered her bedfast for the past year and a half.

The former Mary Laura Pierce, daughter of Philander and Samantha Pierce, was born in Menard county Illinois, September 9, 1851. When a child she moved to McLean county near Bloomington, and here was married to Casper C. Benjamin on March 20, 1870. He preceded her in death September 29, 1896. Ten children were born to this union, three preceding their mother in death.

Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Christian church, of which she was a member. Rev. E.R. Berry will officiate and interment will be made in Maplewood cemetery. The body was removed to the Glendon Clark parlors and will be taken to the home some time tomorrow.

Contributed by Kristin Vaughn

Anna Bogh

Newspaper Unknown

On Sandridge, April 27, 1878, of consumption, Miss Anna Bogh, aged seventeen years. Buried at Duncan's graveyard, Cass County, April 20th.

NOTE: Duncan graveyard is listed in Menard County cemeteries instead of Cass county. However, the reference to Sandridge indicates that the cemetery must have been located very close to the Cass county line. Cass county borders Menard county to the West near Sandridge.

Contributed By: Jeanie Lowe

Hannah Bowers

Died, at Petersburg, Ill., at the residence of her son-in-law, John W. Tice, Esq., on the 17th day of May, 1875, at 8:30 p.m., Mrs. Hannah Bowers, in the 78th year of her age.

The deceased was born in Shenandoah county, Va., Feb. 23d, 1798 (her maiden name was Hannah Getz). She was united in marriage to John Bowers, of the same county, A.D. 1816, and in a few years after, moved to Rockingham county, and, after her husband's death she emigrated with her son-in-law, Martin Neff, to Menard county, Ill., in 1854, and has made the residence of John Tice her home until he decease.

She became a Christian at the early age of sixteen years, when she united herself with the Lutheran church in her native county, and has over since lived a consistent Christian.

She was confined to her room for about seven weeks before her decease, and had been an invalid for five or six years. She passed away peacefully and quietly, giving evidence of the most beautiful trusting faith in Him who said: "Come unto me al ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest."

"Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel,
But 'tis God that hath benefit us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
For earth has too much of sorrow and pain.
Oh bid her not back to its shores again.

Contributed By: Jeanie Lowe

Edward Bone

Petersburg Observer, Saturday, March 28, 1903

Edward Lee Bone died at the home of his parents in Petersburg, Saturday evening, March 21, 1903 at 7:45 o'clock. Lee was born August 29, 1879, at the old Bone homestead on Rock Creek and moved with his parents to Petersburg in 1894. During the past two years he has made his home in Jacksonville, Illinois where he conducted business for himself, with no little degree of success.

October last he was compelled by ill health, to give up his business, after which he returned home. Since his return he has been a long and patient suffer, always cheerful hopeful, never having complained of his painful affliction and even in the hour of death he recognized his friends and greeted them with a smile. He leaves in sorrow and sadness his Father and Mother, four sisters: Mrs. Margaret Hartley, Jennie, Lillian and Ida, and three brothers, Eugene, William and John. The funeral services were held at the home of his parents Tuesday morning March 24, 1903, at 10 o'clock Rev. H. M. Curry of Pleasant Plains officiated. Interment was made at Rose Hill cemetery. Pall bearers, Frank Hackman, Lloyd Reid, Louis Engle, Harry Walters and Edward Keating of Jacksonville, Illinois and Frank Golden of Petersburg.

Contributed by:Jeanie Lowe

Henry H. Bone
Sangamo Journal, February 15, 1854

Died -- On Rock Creek, in Menard county, on the 12th inst., Henry H. Bone, son of Elihu and Nancy B. Bone, in the 21st year of his age.

Alexander Bonnett

Newspaper Unknown, 1890

A Good Man Gone.
Rev. Alexander C. Bonnett was born at Elamsville, Patrick county, Va., May 29th, 1856, and died at Athens, Ill., Saturday, Feb. 1st, 1890, aged 33 years, 8 months and 2 days. His father dying while he was a child, he left Virginia with his widowed mother, four brothers and one sister, and came to Illinois settling at Athens. He united with the M. E. church of this place in 1875, and became at once an earnest and active member and soon developed talent and tendency that led to the conviction on the part of the church that he should preach the gospel.

He was licensed to preach in 1881, by the quarterly conference of the Athens circuit, and the next spring, joined the South Kansas Conference in session at Burlington, serving faithfully and efficiently the following charges: Elk Falls, Grenola, Independence et, Thayer, Altamont and Coyville. In 1883, he was married to Miss Adalie Yancy, of Grenola.

When the conference convened at Baldwin, Kan., in March 1888, he was impelled by failing health to ask for a superannuated relation, which was granted. In the hope that a change of climate might benefit him, he spent several months in Arkansas, but failing to find relief, he returned to the home of his youth, where loving friends and kinsmen ministered to him during his decline which was quite rapid.

His last illness was a gradual decline. He knew that his days were numbered and methodically set his "house in order" as though going away for a brief visit. Death had no terrors for him in the dying hours. His death was triumphant.

His funeral was preached by Rev. M. F. Hyde in the M. E. church, on Monday Feb. 3d, after which the interment took place at Hall's Cemetery. His wife and two small children, boys, aged five and three years are bereft. Also, his mother and three brothers survive

Contributed By: Brenda (Hamilton) Johnson

John Borough

Athens Free Press

Death of John Borough
John Borough, an old and respected citizen of this place died at 6.12 o'clock Wednesday at the family residence.

He was born in Berkley country, West Virginia, and came here in 1873.

He is survived by six children, James, Will, Harry and George Borough; Miss Ann Borough and Mrs. James McQuint; two brothers, Pierce and Morgan Borough and four sisters, Mrs. Smith Hughes, Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Eugene Holland, all residing in Athens and Mrs. Joe Bloomer of Washington. Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock at the Christian church, Rev. C.F. McKown and Elder G.J. Ellis officiating. Burial in the West cemetery.

Contributed by:Rajean Gallagher

Andrew Jackson Bradley

April 2, 1909 Petersburg Observer

Death of Andrew Jackson Bradley
Elderly man passes away after long illness. Resident in county fifty-two year.

Died, Tuesday evening at five o'clock, March 30, Andrew Jackson Bradley at the age of 76 years, 2 months, and 7 days, after an illness of long duration. The deceased has been a resident of this county for forty-one years, coming here from Kentucky. He was married to Sarah Markwell in 1850 and to them were born ten children, two of whom with the mother survives. They are Mrs. Alex Bradley and Mrs. O.B. Power both of Petersburg.

The funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at two o'clock from the late residence. Rev. Cherry officiating. Interment was made in the Hornback cemetery.

Mr. Bradley was one of the most substantial and highly respected citizens of the county and his death is a source of sorrow to the entire community.

Contributed by:Matthew

Alma Branson

Athens Free Press

Mrs. Edward R. Branson's Sweet Spirit Released From The Tired Body Last Friday.

Died, at Albequerque, New Mexico. Friday morning, May 19, 1911. Mrs. Alma S. Branson, aged 30years, 3 months and 16 days.

Alma Schneider, daughter of Joseph and Rebecca Schneider, was born in Georgetown, Indiana, February 3, 1881, but came with her parents to Athens, Illinois, when two years of age, where she grew to womanhood and continued to reside there until November 24, 1909, when she was united in marriage with Mr. Edward R. Branson, of Petersburg. Soon after their marriage they took up their residence in Springfield, where they made their home until about one week before the death of the wife, when they departed for Albuquerque, New Mexico, hoping that a change of climate would be beneficial to her health. The change seemed to revive her for a few days, but she soon began to grow weaker and all that medical aid and loving kindred could do availed nothing, and the spirit left the wasted and tired body, Friday morning, May 19, 1911.

In 1907 she united with the Christian church in which she was a most earnest and faithful member, for 12 years secretary of the Sunday school, and for 5 years organist in the Sunday school and church. She was gifted with splendid musical talent which had been well developed. She taught music for about five years, both in Athens and Petersburg, and at the same time studied under Prof. J. B. Barnaby, of Springfield. She was leader of the Presbyterian church choir in Petersburg for nearly one year before her marriage, and had sung for the Second Presbyterian congregation on several occasions.

She was the very soul of refinement and her presence breathed humility and purity; meek, patient and cheerful, her sunny disposition was an inspiration to all.

Mrs. Branson leaves to mourn her early departure, an aged mother, a kind and devoted husband, a little daughter, Janet Virginia, aged four months, two brothers, Edgar of St. Louis, Mo., and Everett of Athens, and a multitude of friends.

Funeral services were held at 4 o'clock on Sunday afternoon at the home of the mother, Rebecca Schneider in Athens, conducted by Elder William Melvin _roves of Petersburg, assisted by Rev. Mr. Marsilje of the Presbyterian church, after which the remains were tenderly laid to rest beside her father in the West cemetery.

A large number of friends attended the funeral from this city, filling an entire coach on the C., P. & St. Louis train, going and coming.

Contributed by:Rajean Gallagher

Mrs. Thomas Brewer

Petersburg Observer, February 26, 1898

Mrs. Thomas Brewer died at her home in Greenview Sunday last of consumption, aged about 45 years. She was a highly respected christian lady and leaves a husband and five children to mourn her death. The funeral services were conducted Tuesday by Rev. Charles E. Smoot and the remains were buried in Sugar Grove cemetery.

Contributed by Matthew Ferricks

Harry Burkholder

Newspaper Unknown

At Walnut Ridge, Aug. 26, 1881, of congestion of the stomach, little Harry, infant son of John H. and Minnie Burkholder; aged 10 months and 18 days.

The funeral services were held at the grave; Rev. F. M. Baldwin, of the Presbyterian church, officiating. It seemed so sad to all our hearts as we stood at the little grave at the close of summer, that we must cast so sweet a flower into the cheerless grave.

Our little Harry rests beneath the sod;
We know his spirit is with God;
Then why should we thus sadly weep?
He giveth His beloved sleep.
Gone from his dreadful bed of pain,
We feel our loss is but his gain,
He dwells in glory while we weep,
He giveth His beloved sleep.

Then weep not dear father and mother for him!
Oh, ask him not to return again
Where tears of sadness and anguish show,
And the heart is saddened by tales of woes.
But, oh, be prepared for that happy clime,
Whenever you are called from the shore of time;
For earth has too much of sorrow and pain,
Oh, bid him not back to the shores again.

Contributed By: Brenda (Hamilton) Johnson

Mary Burns

Petersburg Observer, April 1, 1910

Death of Mary Brewer Burns.
Died, at Polo, Mo., March 26, 1910, Mary Brewer Burns, aged 49 years, 1 month and 9 days. The body was received here over the Chicago & Alton Monday morning and the funeral was held at the Baptist church, Monday, March 28, 1910, at 10 o?clock, conducted by Rev. W. F. Thompson.

Mary Brewer, daughter of ex-Sheriff William Brewer, was born February 17, 1861, near Petersburg, Illinois. She was married to Robert Burns in 1881, who, died in 1892. To them were born three children, Harry, Ellis, Carrie, all of whom survive.

She was converted in 1866 and at once united with the Baptist church, and has lived a consistent Christian life.

The burial was at Rose Hill cemetery.

Contributed by: Matthew

Heather Bush

State Journal-Register November 7, 1997

Bush infant
Heather Renee Bush, infant daughter of John Bush and Rajean Gallagher-Healy of Athens, died Tuesday, November 4 at her residence.

In addition to the parents, surviving are one sister, Katherine Johnson of Athens; one brother Derrick Johnson of Athens; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Graveside services were held Thursday, November 5 at 2p.m. at Old West Cemetery in Athens. Mott and Henning Funeral Home of Athens were in charge of arrangements.

Contributed By: Rajean Gallagher

Jemima Byrn

Newspaper Unknown

BYRN - Monday, May 31st, 1887 of old age. Jemima, widow of Solomon Byrn, aged 84 years, 7 mo. and 9 days.

Remains interred in West Cemetery.

Contributed By: Brenda (Hamilton) Johnson