ALVA CLINTON BARTON, 77, Pleasant Hill, was found dead in his home Thurs. morning, May 9, 1968 by his niece, Mrs. Cleo Schlieper of Pittsfield, who called at his home. He was seated at the kitchen table and had apparently just prepared his Wednesday night's meal. He had been afflicted with a heart ailment for several years. Mr. Barton was born in Pleasant Hill township, July 19, 1890, a son of William and Fanny Alice Turnbeaugh. He had engaged in farming his whole life until he retired and moved to Pleasant Hill. He had never married. Mr. Barton was a veteran of World War I. He was a member of the Christian church at Nebo. He was the last of his family. Survivors are nieces and nephews. Services were held in Ward Funeral chapel Sun. afternoon at 2 with the Rev. Joe Maynard officiating. Burial was in Crescent Heights cemetery. Funeral services for Beach Barton, retired farmer of Nebo, were held at 2:30 pm Monday at Nebo Baptist Church with a former Nebo pastor, Rev. Floyd Hamilton of LaBelle, MO, officiating. Interment was in Nebo cemetery. Ward Funeral Home was in charge. Mr. Barton, 81, died at 3:45 pm Saturday, March 28, 1970 in Pike County Hospital, Louisiana, MO following an extended illness. He was a member of the Baptist Church. Born at Pleasant Hill Dec. 25, 1888, Beach Barton was the son of Beach and Alice Galloway Barton. On Aug. 1, 1909, at Nebo he was married to Neva V. Killebrew, who preceded him in death in 1967. Survivors include 3 sons and 2 daughters, Finis Barton of Pleasant Hill, Dallas of Nebo and Lyle of Pittsfield, Mrs. Eugene (Lovene) McGuire of Clayton, MO and Mrs. William (Melva Ree) Melton of Victorville, CA. There are 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Also surviving are 3 sisters and 1 brother: Mrs. Stella Webster of Pleasant Hill, Mrs. Mary Spangler of Dahlgren, Mrs. Minnie Guthrie of Pittsfield and Ched Barton of Bowling Green, MO.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson
CLARA ELAINE (HARPOLE) BURBRIDGE BARTON - Graveside services for Mrs. Clara Elaine Barton, 68, of Orange, CA, formerly of Pike County, who died Tuesday, July 18, 1972 at 8:30 am in Buena Park, CA will be held Saturday at 3:30 pm in the Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill. The Rev. Jim Brookhart will officiate. The Ward Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Barton was born in Pike County, Sept. 9, 1903, a daughter of James and Ida McLaughlin Harpole. She married Watson Burbridge. He preceded her in death. She married John Barton. He preceded her in death. Surviving are 2 sons, Lavelle Burbridge of Orange and Lynn Burbridge of East Moline; a brother, Kenneth Harpole of Illinois and six grandchildren.
DOROTHY BARTON - Mrs. Ched B. Barton of Bowling Green, MO, died Thurs. morning, March 23, 1972, at Pike County Hospital in Louisiana, MO. Dorothy Barton was born Aug. 7, 1899 in Pleasant Hill, the daughter of Milton and Laura Capps. She was united in marriage to Chedister B. Barton of Pleasant Hill on March 16, 1919. She is survived by her husband, Ched; 1 daughter, Mrs. John (Donna) Chamberlain; and 1 son, Warren W. Barton; 2 granddaughters and 1 grandson, all of Bowling Green, MO. She also leaves 7 sisters; Mrs. Douglas Dowd, Mrs. Roy Welch, Mrs. Sidney James, Mrs. Russell Blaine, Mrs. Ralph Fish, all of Calif., Mrs. Elizabeth Kilby of Louisiana, MO and Mrs. Dudley (Mary) Larson of Milwaukee, WI, 2 brothers, Donald Capps of Alton and Carl Capps of Calton, CA. She was preceded in death by 2 sons, Paul, while serving in Germany and Lawrence (Buddy), serving with the Infantry in WW II, 1 brother, Clyde Capps, of Kampsville and her parents.
DOROTHY EILEEN (SMITH) BARTON - Services for Mrs. Dorothy Eileen Barton, 52, of rural Pleasant Hill, who died Saturday (July 15, 1972) at 8 a.m. in Blessing Hospital in Quincy, will be held Monday at 2 p.m. in the Baptist Church at Nebo with the Rev. Ken Neeley officiating. Burial will be in Crescent Heights Cemetery here. The daughter of Harvey and Goldie Ford Smith, Mrs. Barton was born at Nebo, July 31, 1919. She was married Oct. 16, 1938. at Bowling Green, Mo., to Finis B. Barton. Mrs. Barton was a member of the Nebo Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her mother. Surviving are the husband; her father; a stepmother, Mrs. Dora Smith: a son, Berkley Barton of Monticello, Mo.; a daughter, Mrs. Ronald (Joyce) Clarkson, of Toledo, Ohio; two brothers, Logan Smith of Sarasota, Fla., and James H. Smith of Nebo, and four grandchildren
Contributed by Billie Browning
ELIZABETH BARTON, 106, Dies in California. The following item was printed in the Modesto Bee (Calif.) April 27: "GRANDMA BARTON MARKS HER 106th BIRTHDAY, BUT TIME GROWS SHORT." Escalon, San Joaqiun County, California. Mrs. Elizabeth (Grandma) Barton marked her 106th birthday in the hospital here today (April 27, 1964), impatiently awaiting a death she knows soon must come. But meantime, as gangrene from her entire right leg extends its deadly effects, she is maintaining the calm, cheerful outlook which through the years has characterized her to her many friends and relatives. A blood clot in the foot recently felled Grandma. An operation had a 50-50 chance of success, her doctor told her. Her answer was firm: "No, it is time for me to go to the other shore." Relatives gathered and as the day dragged on Grandma Barton, a deeply religious woman, fretted that she did not go ahead and die so that all who had gathered could attend the funeral without making a return trip. As the gangrene took its toll the question became: Will she survive to her 106th birthday? Her doctor said it was just a matter of time and a crisis Thursday night made it appear doubtful. Grandma Barton, a native of Pike county, Ill., remained active until the clot occurred. The past several birthdays have been noted in the Bee by stories with photos showing her going about her daily business of cooking, gardening and sewing. Her activities brought to a halt at last, the woman who has lived through six wars repeatedly comments that she cannot understand why anyone would be sad at her impending death when she is to anxious for it. EDITORS NOTE: Mrs. Barton was born (April 27, 1858) on the Wells farm west of Pleasant Hill. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Wells. She was married to Frank Barton and they lived in Pleasant Hill community for many years before moving to California. Mrs. Barton died Monday, May 4, 1964. From Kathy Robinson's notes: Mrs. Barton is buried at Burwood Cemetery, Escalon, San Joaquin County, California.
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.
ELZA T. BARTON, 76, died of a heart attack at his home one mile west of Pleasant Hil at 6:20 a.m. Monday morning. He had been in failing health for the past year, but his sudden passing came as a shock to his many friends. Mr. Barton was a member of one of the pioneer families of Pleasant Hill township. His grandfather, Thomas Barton settled in the Bayville community in 1826, and the first church sermon preached in Pleasant Hill township was in his home the same year. When Pike county voted to adopt the township organization Thomas Barton was elected as the first supervisor of Pleasant Hill township. Elza T. Barton was born at Pleasant Hill, Ill., February 27, 1875, a son of William and Mary Jane Doman Barton. He attended Pleasant Hill public school, and later attended Illinois College at Jacksonvile, Ill., for one year. In 1896 he engaged in the mercantile business in Pleasant Hill, operating a general merchandise business for five years. He was married to Sarah M. Stewart September 9, 1896, at Jacksonville, Ill. Mrs. Barton died two years ago. In 1901, Mr. Barton sold his store and purchased an interest in the Elmore and Lemmon elevator at Pleasant Hill, and has held his interest in the business until the time of his death. The firm is now known as Barton and Lemmon Bros. He was one of the organizers of the Citizen's State Bank, which was established in 1903, and has served as a director since the time the bank was organized. He served as president for several years. Mr. Barton served as school treasurer of Pleasant Hill township for 48 years. He was a member of the Pike County Democratic Central Committee as committeeman from Pleasant Hill township for 25 years. During his varied business career Mr. Barton lived on a farm and engaged in general farming, stock raising and feeding. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Pleasant Hill, the Royal Arch Chapter at Pittsfield and the Quincy Consistory. Surviving are five sons, Stewart B., Ralph L., and Arvid W. Barton of Pleasant Hill, Karl Barton of California and Olaf T. Barton of Macomb, Ill., three daughters, Mrs. Dema A. Wells of Pittsfied, Mrs. Ruth B. Galloway of Chicago and Mrs. Thelma C. White of Bloomington, Ill.; 11 grandchildren, Lawrence R. Barton, Mrs. Lois Franklin, Mary Jane and Nancy Barton of Pleasant Hill; Mrs. Beuna Applebaum of St. Louis; Mrs. Barbara Jean Borrowman and Mrs. Kathleen Koeller of New Canton; Mrs. Jo Anne Ditters of Elmwood and John C. and Diane Rae White of Bloomington, and 11 great grandchildren. One son, Clarence, two sisters, Mrs. Alice N. Lemmon of Pleasant Hill and Mrs. Clara Swainson of California, and one brother, Edgar Barton preceded him in death. Funeral services were held in the Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill, Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. with Rev. F. R. Sawyer officiating. Burial was in Crescent Heights Cemetery.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson
EVALINE (WEBSTER) BARTON, daughter of Henry and Ellen Webster was born October 26, 1860 near Pleasant Hill, Illinois and passed away at 7 a.m. April 14, 1936 at the age of 75 years, 5 months, and 19 days. She united with the M. E. Church at Stockland at an early age and later moved her membership to the Pleasant Hill Church. She was united in marriage with William Thomas Barton August 8, 1882 and to this union three children were born; Earle annd Henry who preceded hier in death several years ago, and a daughter Gladys who survives. Her husband passed away in Arkansas in 1903. She was a loving and sacrificing mother and has been a patient sufferer for several years. She was stricken with her last illness February 26 at her home in Pleasant Hill and was later moved to the home of her niece, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Thomas where she was tenderly cared for by them, and her nephew Dr. Wells and other relatives and friends. She leave to mourn her departure, her daughter, Mrs. Gladys Gles of Detroit, Michigan, a grandson, Donald Gies, of Detroit who she reared in her home and another grandson, Glenn Thomas Barton of Columbia, Mo. and one sister, Mrs. Belle Evans of Belleview, Florida also a number of other relatives and close friends.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson
FLORA MAUDE (FREEMAN) BARTON, wife of Ben Barton, died at her home in Pleasant Hill, Thurs. morning Aug. 24, 1944 at 5:30 am. She had been ill for several years. She was a daughter of W.S. and Harriet Freeman, and was born at Pleasant Hill, IL, June 20, 1878. She was 66 years, 2 months and 5 days old. Mr. and Mrs. Barton lived on a farm in Pleasant Hill township until 2 years ago, when they moved to Pleasant Hill. Surviving are her husband; 2 brothers, Chester Freeman of Pittsfield, and Steve Freeman of Pleasant Hill; 2 sisters, Mrs. Ernest Killebrew of Alton, IL and Mrs. William Capps of Hannibal, MO. Funeral services were held in the Christian Church in Pleasant Hill, Sun., Aug. 27, 1944 at 2:30 with Rev. Homer Brown of Pittsfield in charge. Burial was in Crescent Heights Cemetery. Flower girls were: Mildred June Barton, Eva Mae Barton, Evelyn Springer, Mary Frances Ducey, Josephine Barton, and Mary Alice Barton. Pallbearers were: Virgil Barton, Merlin Barton, Loren Springer, George Ducey, John Butler, and Troy Freeman. Singers were: Mrs. Leila Henry and Mrs. Gertrude Baker, accompanied by Ava Lewark.
OLAF T. BARTON - 67, died in his home in Macomb, Sat. night. He was born at Pleasant Hill, a son of the late Elza T. and Sarah Stewart Barton. He had been manager of the Farm Credit Association in Macomb until he retired two years ago and lived in Macomb for 30 years. He married Virginia Conboy of Pittsfield. Surviving are the widow; a daughter, Mrs. Joan Dittus of Macomb; 2 brothers, Stewart Barton and A. W. Barton, both of Pleasant Hill; 2 sisters, Ruth Galloway and Mrs. Velma White, both of Los Angeles, CA. Funeral services and burial were held in Macomb, Tues. afternoon. Attending services from this area were: A.W. Barton, Stewart Barton, Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Appelbaum, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Borrowman, Mr. and Mrs. Merlyn McKinnon, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Roberts, and Mrs. William Koeller of New Canton.
Another obituary at Harman House:
O.T. Barton, 67, of 708 S. Johnson St., Macomb, died at 8:40 pm Sat. July 21, 1973 at McDonough District Hospital. Mr. Barton was born at Pleasant Hill, Nov. 19, 1905, a son of E. T. and Sarah Stewart Barton. Both are deceased. He attended the University of Illinois and St. Louis University. On Aug. 25, 1928 he married Virginia Conboy. She survives. Also surviving are 1 daughter, Mrs. Loren (Jo Anne) Dittus; 2 brothers, Stewart and Arvid of Pleasant Hill; 2 sisters, Mrs. Ruth Galloway and Mrs. Velma White, both of Los Angeles, CA, and 2 grandchildren. Mr. Barton was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers and 1 sister. The Barton family resided in Pleasant Hill and Pittsfield before moving to Macomb. Mrs. Barton's mother, Mrs. Roy Conboy, is a resident of Pittsfield. Mr. Barton was a secretary-treasurer of the Macomb Production Credit Association for 36 years until he retired in 1970. He had been vice president of the Chamber of Commerce and was a past president of the Rotary Club. Funeral services were held in Macomb. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson
OPAL (CAPPS) BARTON - Services for Mrs. Opal Barton, 72, of Pleasant Hill, who died Sat., April 3, 1971 at 5:30 am in Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield, will be held Mon., at 2 pm in the Baptist Church. The Rev. Russell Price will officiate and burial will be in Crescent Heights Cemetery. Mrs. Barton was born near here, Oct. 13, 1898, a daughter of Benjamin and Nancy Fast Capps. She was a member of the Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. She married Stewart Barton Aug. 22, 1916 in Bowling Green. Surviving are the husband; a son, Lawrence of Princeton; 2 daughters, Mrs. Vincent (Beuna) Appelbaum and Mrs. Harris (Lois) Franklin both of Pleasant Hill; a sister, Mrs. Elma Powell of Pittsfield; 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
R. B. BARTON, 75, well known Pleasant Hill farmer, was stricken by a heart attack and died suddenly at 11:40 Saturday morning in the street in front of the Weekly Messenger office. Mr. Barton had parked his car on the other side of the street, where he was talking to Delbert Webb, Russell Borrowman and Forrest Guthrie. He was stricken and fell backwards before the men he was talking to could reach him. Dr. Russell P. Wells was called, but could render no aid as death had been instantaneous. Mr. Barton had been afflicted by heart trouble for several years. His sudden death came as a shock to his relatives and friends. Roy Beech Barton, son of William B. and Fannie Turnbeaugh Barton, was born December 3, 1879 near Pleasant Hill, Ill., and departed this life suddenly on January 30, 1954 in Pleasant Hill. As a boy he attended Jacobsville School, grew to manhood and followed the occupation of farming helped by his wife, Cordelia Wiedman, whom he married December 31, 1901 at Pittsfield, Ill. They retired from active farming about ten years ago. His loving wife preceded him in death in July 1949. Three children came to bless their marriage, namely one son, Wayne Leaton, whose wife, Velma was loved and respected like a daughter, two daughters, Blanche Bernice, now Mrs. John Tice of East Alton, Claudia Maxine, now Mrs. Earl Vaughn of Pearl, Ill. He held his two son-in-laws in high respect and esteem and close to his heart in the family circle. He also leaves seven grandchildren, Gillis, William and Richard Barton, Robert and Terry Vaughn, Mrs. Donna Grady and Mrs. Bonna Jean Kirk and seven great grandchildren. One brother, Alva, one sister, Mrs. Anna Roberts, one niece, Mrs. Cleo Schlieper, and a grand niece and nephew. He also leaves several cousins, but one, Bertha Turnbeaugh, was reared in his parents home and was cherished like a sister; also one sister in law, Mrs. Alice Stark of Quincy and her husband, W. D. Stark of Quincy, Ill., also eleven nieces and eight nephews of his wife's family who all loved Uncle Beech very much. He accepted his Savior and was baptized into the Christian faith by Elder B. G. Reavis at Pleasant Hill, Il. He was a loving father and brother, a good neighbor, and a true friend. No one in need was ever turned from his door. Truth and honesty are the basis in civilization and have grown out of the experience and these qualities of character were the watchword of his life. Funeral services were held in the Baptist church in Pleasant Hill Monday afternoon with Rev. Joe Maynard of Pittsfield in charge. Burial was in Crescent Heights Cemetery.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson
RALPH L. BARTON, 58, of Pleasant Hill, died Fri. morning, Nov. 25, 1966 at 4:15 in Illini Hospital in Pittsfield. He had been ill for the past 2 years and had been a patient in the hospital for 7 months. Mr. Barton was born at Pleasant Hill, Aug. 3, 1908, a son of Elza and Sarah Stewart Barton. He was a grandson of William Barton, first supervisor of Pleasant Hill township elected in 1841. He attended Pleasant Hill elementary school and was a graduate of Pleasant Hill High School. He had spent his whole life in Pleasant Hill and was engaged in farming. He was married to Thelma Galloway Aug. 2, 1936. Surviving are his widow; 2 daughters, Mrs. Nancy McKinnon of Pleasant Hill and Miss Mary Jane Barton of New York City; 3 brothers, Stewart and Arvid of Pleasant Hill, and Olaf of Macomb; 3 sisters, Mrs. Dema Wells of Pittsfield, Mrs. Velma White of Champaign and Mrs. Ruth Galloway of Los Angeles, CA; and 2 granddaughters. Funeral services were held in the Baptist church in Pleasant Hill at 2 Sunday afternoon, Nov. 27, 1966 with the Rev. Robert G. Poor officiating. Burial was in Crescent Heights Cemetery.
SARAH (STEWART) BARTON, wife of E. T. Barton, Pleasant Hill farmer, grain dealer and banker, died Saturday night at 10:30 at the family home one mile west of that city. She had been in ill health several years and suffered a stroke Friday, never regaining consciousness before death. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2:30 in the Baptist church at Pleasant Hill, conducted by the Rev. J. E. Chappell of Louisiana, Mo. Mrs. Homer Godwin sang, with Miss Mabel Clare as accompanist. Burial was in Crescent Heights Cemetery. Pallbearers were Arsa Galloway, and her five grandsons, Lawrence Barton, Vincent Applebaum, Harris Franklin, Loyd Borrowman and Wm. Koeller. Mrs. Barton was born April 28, 1873, in Pike County, Mo., a daughter of J. C. and Mary E. McElweed Stewart. She attended McCune college in Louisiana and later taught school in Ashburn, Mo. The family moved to Pleasant Hill Sept. 1, 1895, and she taught one term in the school there. She was married to E. T. Barton Sept. 9, 1896, at Jacksonville. Mrs. Barton was baptized in the Baptist church at Walnut Grove, Mo. in 1886. She was always active in the church and taught the adult Bible class of the Baptist church for more than 30 years. She was the mother of a family of nine children and 43 descendants and inlaws usually were there for major holidays. Mrs. Barton's death is the first break in the family circle. All of her children were there for the funeral. Surviving besides her husband, are six sons, Stewart, Karl, Ralph and Arvid Barton of Pleasant Hill, Clarence C. Barton of Chicago, and O. T. Barton of Macomb; three daughters, Mrs. Max Wells of Pittsfield, Mrs. Clinton White of Bloomington and Mrs. Ruth Galloway of Chicago; three brothers, V. H. Stewart of Kansas City, Kansas; H. H. Stewart of Kansas City, Mo.,, and I. H. Stewart of Bowling Green, Mo.; two sisters, Mrs. J. H. Curtis and Mrs. D. F. Carr, both of Kansas City, Mo.; 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson
THOMAS J. BARTON - Funeral services for Thomas J. Barton, 7, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Barton, who was killed late Friday when the bicycle he was riding was struck by a car near his home on the Nebo road south of here, will be held this afternoon at 1:30 pm in the Independence Church south of Pittsfield. Burial will be in Crescent Heights Cemetery at Pleasant Hill. Thomas J. Barton was born Oct. 26, 1962, in Pike County a son of Richard and Cherie Henry Barton. Surviving are the parents; 3 brothers, Russell, Richard and Daniel, at home; 2 sisters, Rebecca and Christine, at home; 2 grandmothers, Mrs. Velma Barton of Pleasant Hill and Mrs. Naomi Henry of Pittsfield; and one great grandmother, Mrs. Lillie Sheppard of Pleasant Hill.
VIRGIL J. BARTON, 70, Pittsfield, until recently a resident of Pleasant Hill, died in Illini Community Hospital Fri., Feb. 26, 1974 at 8:05 pm. Mr. Barton was born in Pleasant Hill Township Nov. 13, 1903, a son of LeOra and Myrtle Freeman Barton. He was a member of the Christian Church, the Farm Bureau, the Pike County Fair Board, and the Modern Woodmen of America. He married Ruby Pauline Richards April 26, 1924 in Pleasant Hill. Surviving are the widow; 2 sons, Logan B. and Ronald D. both of Pleasant Hill; 4 daughters, Mrs. Donald (Jeannie) Griffeth of Pittsfield, Mrs. Lawrence (Mary) Pennewell of Jefferson, WI, Mrs. Merlin (Eva) Barnes of Peoria and Mrs. Cyril (Mildred) Butterfield of Portland, OR; a brother, Merlin of Pittsfield; 3 sisters, Mrs. John Butler of Pleasant Hill, Mrs. Clyde Long of Pittsfield and Mrs. Loren Springer of Milton and 16 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by an infant sister. Services were held Sunday at 2 pm in Ward-Lummis Funeral Home. The Rev. Joe Maynard officiated. Burial was in Crescent Heights Cemetery.
WILLIAM BARTON, 79, died in Los Angeles, California, Saturday morning. Mr. Barton was born at Pleasant Hill, Illinois, a son of Dr. and Mrs. Beach Barton. He was a well known Pike County school teacher. Mr. Barton left Pleasant Hill 35 years ago and had taught school in several states before locating in California. He was a brother of Mrs. Stella Webster of Pleasant Hill, Mrs. Forest Guthrie of Martinsburg and Beach Barton of Nebo. Funeral services and burial were held in Los Angeles.
Behrens, Herman - Brussels - Funeral rites for Herman Behrens, 70, will be conducted Wednesday at 9 a.m. in St. Mary's Church. The Rev. Father Joseph Enright will be celebrant of the Requiem High Mass. The body is at the H. R. Imming Funeral Home where the Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. today. Contributed by Cheryl Clendenny
[Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, Tuesday, October 1, 1963 page 7]
MARY ETTA (WELLS) BOWEN, 83, died at her home on Six Mile Saturday, December 24 at 11:30 p.m. following an illness of several weeks. She was born in Martinsburg township March 25, 1872, a daughter of William and Harriet Camp Wells. She was married to C. E. Bowen March 17, 1895, who preceded her in death September 11, 1935. They enjoyed a very happy life together for 40 years. During the early years of their married life she taught school while her husband engaged in farming. Later they successfully operated a general store in Summer Hill and when they sold their business there they moved to this community and operated a general store in Pleasant Hill for several years, but they were more interested in farm life and sold their business and purchased the farm on Six Mile. After the death of Mr. Bowen it was her ambition to continue managing the farm as her husband had. She loved the animals and cared for the horses and cattle on the farm. A daughter, Mrs. Ralph Henry, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Bowen. She has given her mother loving care and attention. Her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Henry, who operated a dry goods store in Pleasant Hill, lived with Mrs. Bowen on the farm. She frequently asisted them in the store. Mrs. Bowen taught a class in the Christian Sunday School in Pleasant Hill for 37 years. She organized and taught the Ever Ready Class for many years, then taught the elderly ladies class. She was a member of the Christian Church and was the oldest living member of the Order of Eastern Stars in Pleasant Hill. Funeral services were held in the Christian Church in Pleasant Hill Tuesday afternoon at 2 with the Rev. Joe Maynard of Pittsfield officiating, assisted by Rev. R. V. Henry. The Ione Chapter of Eastern Stars conducting their very beautiful and impressive ceremony. Burial was in Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson
ANNA MARIE BOYD, one of Pike County's successful school teachers, was born January 27, 1867 and passed away July 27, 1949 at the home of her sister, Mrs. Sara McGuire in Pittsfield, with whom she had lived the past two years. Anna, an outstanding teacher, contributed much to the welfare of boys and girls in the schools in which she taught. All who have had the opportunity and privilege of enjoying the benefits of teaching agree that she has been a loyal, dependable conscientious and trustworthy instructor during her twenty-five years of service in the schools of Pike County. She was hospitalized with a broken hip five years ago and has since been tenderly cared for by her sister Clara. Her life in the Cold Water community in which she lived, speaks far greater than words can express. Her interests in her home, where she lived all her life until two years ago, was outstanding. She was compelled to close her farm home by the death of her brother Lewis. Even though the years added to her age, she was young in mind and active in duties. She leaves to mourn her passing three sisters, Mrs. Sara McGuire, Mrs. Lula Raftery and Miss Clara; one brother Edmund Boyd of Quincy; several nieces and nephews, all of whom will greatly miss her. Funeral Mass was read by Father at 9 o'clock Saturday morning. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery. The casket bearers were six of her former pupils, Mike Ducey, Martin Carroll, Lawrence Smith, Leo Harris, George Ducey and Mike Smith. Ann will be sadly missed by her loved ones and her many friends.
Contributed by Tari Parr from the Pike County Democrat Times 3 Aug 1949 P. 1, Col. 3
CLARA BOYD - Relatives and friends were shocked Friday morning to learn Miss Clara Boyd had died quite unexpectedly a short while after eating her breakfast. She had not felt well the day before, but seemed to be all right that morning and collapsed while sitting on the davenport. Miss Boyd died on her 68th birthday. For several years she had lived in the home of her sister, Mrs. Sarah McGuire and family. After the death of her brother Louis she and her sister Anna came to town to live at the McGuire home, and Anna died a year or two ago. Miss Clara was the youngest in a family of twelve children, and Mrs. McGuire, who is 91, is the oldest. She is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Edward Raftery of this city, and one brother, Edmond of Chicago. He arrived here Saturday and remained until after the funeral. The Boyd family have been prominent members of St. Mary's Church here for well over 90 years. Their parents, James and Anna Nesbit Boyd came here from Ireland on the same ship with a large group from that country. They were married in New York City and came here to Pike County because Mr. Boyd had a friend here named Grimshaw. A shot after his arrival, he purchased a farm northwest of town where the family lived until coming to town a few years ago. Miss Clara had hoped to be able to return to the old home place some time this summer. Funeral services were held at nine o'clock Monday morning at St. Mary's Church, conducted by Father Ratchford in the absence of Fr. E.J. Scanlan. Burial was in Calvary cemetery.
Contributed by Tari Parr from the Pike County Democrat Times 28 May 1952 P. 1, Col. 5
ANDREW JACKSON BROWN - The remains of Jackson Brown arrived in this place on Wednesday morning from Oklahoma where he has resided for the past few years. The deceased was for many years a resident of New Hartford where he reared a large family. He was about 80 years of age and had been ill only about three weeks from grip. The body was accompanied by a son-in-law, Dan Levi Goodwin and wife. A number of relatives from Quincy, Marblehead and other places met the funeral party here, accompanying the remains to New Hartford where the funeral took place in the M. E. Church, Rev. Frye of this place officating. The burial took place in the Prairie Mound cemetery.
Contributed by Susan Hoppe - From The Quincy Daily Whig, Nov. 28, 1914
BENJAMIN D. BROWN, aged 83 years, died at his home, near here, last night. He was born in Massachusetts, in February, 1804. He came to this county in 1833, and has since lived where he died. Mr. BROWN has always occupied a prominent position in business, social and political circles. In 1842 he represented Pike County in the Legislature. He was one of the richest men in the county. He leaves a large estate to be distributed among his heirs.
St. Louis Globe-Democrat August 4 1887
BESSIE BROWN - On Monday evening at 8 o'clock occurred the death of Miss Bessie Brown, age 26. For three weeks she had been suffering with typhoid pneumonia and bronchitis. Miss Bessie was well known and had many friends throughout this vicinity. She was a member of the Atlas Congregational Church and primary teacher in the Sabbath School. She was also a member of the Mutual Protective League of which she had been chaplain for three years. Her death has brought sorrow to many hearts and to the bereaved family much sympathy is extended. The funeral services took place at the home on Tuesday afternoon after which the remains were laid away in the family lot at Ball's Bluff Cemetery.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - From the Quincy Library Historical Newspaper Archives - August 3, 1904
BYRON E. BROWN, son of Willis and Elizabeth Worley Brown, was born in Pike county, Ill., Sept. 10, 1857 and passed away at the home of his daughter in St. Joseph, Mo., January 2, 1934, at the age of 75 years, and 4 months, after an illness extending over a considerable period. He never recovered from an operation which it was found necessary to perform abut six months ago. He was married to Miss Viola Rowley of Louisiana, Mo, Nov. 30, 1882, and they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary a little more than a year ago. Mr. Brown is survived by his widow, three sons and two daughters: Mrs. Viola Rowley Brown of Atlas, Rev. Homer Brown of Pittsfield, Robert of Martinsburg, Irl, on the home place at Atlas, Mrs. Mayor Petty of Christopher, Ill., and Mrs. Alta Daughters of St. Joseph, Mo. Two sons, Rex and Isaac, preceded him in death. He also leaves to mourn his loss four grandchildren, Charles and Florence Brown, children of Isaac, of Pleasant Hill; Mrs. Beulah Clausen of Pittsfield, and Gene Carrol Petty of Christopher, and two sisters, Mrs. Nettie Baker and Mrs. Melinda Marion of Atlas. Mr. Brown spent nearly his entire life in Pike county where he is very well known. He never united with any church but was a firm believer in the Saviour and lived the golden rule every day of his life. He was an ardent temperance man, was indeed happy when the eighteen amendment was adopted, and equally disgusted when it was repealed. No man could have been a better father than he. He was both a farmer and a mechanic, having learned the plastering trade with his father-in-law, more than forty years ago, and he in turn taught ever one of his boys the same trade, as he believed that every boy should be skilled in some kind of labor. Many of the homes in the western part of Pike county and in the vicinity of Barry have been made comfortable by his labors and those of his sons. The deceased had spent the last months of his life in the home of his daughter, Alta, where she and her husband did everything in their power and that means could provide to make him comfortable. The funeral was held at the Keller Funeral Home in Barry, Saturday morning at 10:30 in charge of Rev. C. B. Hilton, pastor of the Baptist church. Fred Davis and his quartet rendered three beautiful selections. Interment was in the Barry Cemetery.
Card of Thanks
We wish to thank those who assisted in any way during the illness and at the time of the death of our dear husband and father, Byron E. Brown. Also for the floral offerings and the Keller Funeral home folks who were so very considerate in every way. Signed MRS. VIOLA BROWN, AND FAMILY.
(Copied from Fannie Buchanan's scrapbook by Kenneth Conner.) Submitted by Carolyne Conner Puskas.
ELIZA C. (SHEWE) BROWN, was born December 13, 1829, near Marietta, Ohio, and departed this life near New Canton, Ill., April 17, 1901, aged 71 years, 4 months and 3 days. She came to Illinois in 1844 and settled at New Canton and was married to Harrison Brown on February 25, 1857. She was the mother of seven children, five of whom have preceded her to the other world. Two children, a son and daughter, and her husband still survive to mourn her loss. Besides this she leaves two grandchildren, three brothers and two sisters. In 1897 she was prostrated with a stroke of paralysis, from which she never recovered, and was a great sufferer most of the time. She was a good wife and a loving and devoted mother. Though not a member of any church, she declared her faith in Christ and said she was ready to die. Funeral services were conducted from the family residence Friday, April 19, by W. M. Hailey, and the burial was made in Brown cemetery, three miles south of New Canton.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Barry Adage, 25 Apr 1901]
ELIZABETH (WORLEY) BROWN, aged 75 years, died at her home Saturday morning, after an illness of several months, due to dropsy. She leaves an aged companion, four children, Byron, Mrs. Marion Huffman, Mrs. Melinda Marion and Mrs. Nellie Baker. Twelve grandchildren and great grandchildren also survive. The funeral services took place at the home Monday afternoon and was largely attended. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. The interment took place in the Balls Bluff cemetery.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - Quincy, IL Library Historical Newpaper Archives
H. R. BROWN, pastor of the Christian Church, was called to the vicinity of New Canton Tuesday to conduct the funeral services of Dennis Stottlemeyer, whose remains were shipped from Piedmont, Mo. The body of the young man was found beside the railroad track, where it had lain for several days. Just how he met his death is not known. The deceased was the son of J. Stottlemeyer and wife and was 23 years of age. The funeral services took place at the home on Tuesday morning and were largely attended. Burial was at the Shearer cemetery.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - Wednesday, Nov. 30, 1915 - The Quincy Daily Journal
HENRY WING BROWN, son of Josiah and Maria Brown, was born in Granville, N. Y., March 26, 1814, and died in Chicago, Ill., May 2, 1917, aged 76 years, 1 month and 6 days. When a lad of 14 he was bereaved by the death of his father in the New York home, and one year later, with his mother, brothers and sister, came to Illinois, settling in Barry in 1858. Here he grew to manhood, and here at the age of 20 he heard the call of his country and enlisted for the defence (sic) of the flag in Company I, Twenty-eighth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, serving with honor and valor until the mustering out of his regiment at Natchez, Miss, on September 1, 1864. His natural ability caused him to be selected as an aid to the provost marshal at Natchez, which position he occupied during the entire winter. He was slightly wounded in the battle of Corinth. At the time of his death he was an esteemed comrade of John McTucker post No. 154, G.A.R. of Barry under whose auspices he received burial with the Grand Army honors. For many years since the death of his mother, he has made his home at the Soldiers' and Sailors' Home in Quincy, Ill. In June, 1863, when part of company I was at home on a veteran furlough, the women of Barry made and presented to company I a flag which came into Mr. Brown's possession. This flag he cared for as a nearly sacred thing and this flag today rests on his casket. Of the original company I, which went to the front in 61, only five are known to remain this side the crossing. Brother Brown...united with the Methodist church in June 1915....He leaves to mourn his death an only brother, Mr. M. C. Brown, of Barry, the last of a family of four brothers and one sister; one step-sister, Mrs. Ellen Evans, of Barry, and one step-brother, Mr. Frank Gray, of Pittsburg, Pa.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Barry Adage, 9 May 1917]
HOMER BROWN, Pittsfield's "marrying parson" died suddenly in his home Saturday morning soon after he had eaten his breakfast. He had apparently been in his usual state of health, which for the past few years had not been good, due to a heart condition, but his death was entirely unexpected. Funeral services were held at 2:30 Tuesday in the New Hartford Christian Church where he had served as pastor in former years. Rev. William Walton officiated. Burial was in the Pittsfield Mausoleum. Homer Brown was probably the best-known and most-liked minister who ever lived in this community over a period of many years. Last September he and his wife observed their golden wedding by holding open house and their numerous callers, senders of gifts and congratulations at that time were testimonials of the esteem in which they were held. Born April 4, 1884, at Atlas, Homer was the son of Byron E. and Viola Rowley Brown. He attended school at Atlas and as a young man learned the barber trade under the late Charles Hesley. He worked for him for two years, worked two years in Louisiana, Mo., as a barber, then was appointed rural mail carrier out of Rockport, which position he held for 10 1/2 years. In the meantime, on Feb. 17, 1908, he was ordained in the Methodist Church at Rockport by Dr. A. A. White. After serving this church for a time, he resigned, due to the long and arduous hours involved in carrying the mail. The Methodist Church, after losing the services of it's next minister, closed for a time. Homer and his family transferred their membership to the Rockport Christian Church and he was re-ordained there in 1912 by Rev. Joe Dabney. On Sept. 11, 1908, a few months after his ordination to the ministry Homer was married to Elizabeth Kendall. They became the parents of one child, a daughter Beulah, now the wife of Gunnar Clausen and a resident and business woman of Pittsfield. Three times Rev. Brown was called to the ElDara church, three times each to Pleasant Hill and Rockport, twice to Greenpond and three times to New Hartford. He continued in the ministry until his retirement in 1950. During his 54 years of preaching, Homer performed more than 1000 wedding ceremonies. Sometimes he would perform as many as 60-65 in one month, the record was 70. In the past seven years he married some 440 couples in his home, besides the church weddings in surrounding communities. The Browns moved to Pittsfield 37 years ago, from Rockport. In addition to his work in the church, he always held another position. For 30 years he was employed by Barr and Sparrow produce firm, retiring seven years ago. Not content to be idle, he kept a shop at his home, repairing and filing saws, mowers, etc. and selling Rawleigh products. At one time, in Rockport, he barbered at night in addition to his work for Charles Denning who later got him the job with Barr and Sparrow. The Republican stated, a year or so ago, that Homer had been a carpenter and had built three houses in Rockport and eight in Pittsfield. This was not exactly true. He hired them built, lived in some of them and later sold them, the last two were the present home of the Clausen's and the Brown's own residence on South Memorial. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Mavor Petty of Christopher, Illinois and Mrs. Alta Daughters of St. Joseph, Mo.; and one brother, Irl of Atlas. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, Rex and Isaac. One nephew and one niece survive.
Cotnributed by Kathy Robinson
IRL BROWN - Rockport, Ill. - Nov. 3 - (died 30 Oct 1956) Funeral services for Irl Brown were held yesterday afternoon at 2 in the Plattner Funeral Home in Pittsfield with William Walton officiating. Burial was at Park Lawn Cemetery in Barry. Mr. Brown was born near Atlas, Jan. 3, 1892, a son of Byron E. and Viola Brown. He served in the Army in World War I. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of New Hartford. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Mavor Brown of Christopher and Mrs. Alta Daughters of St. Joseph. They had come to join him recently and planned to spend the winter with Mr. Brown at their property in Pittsfield. Two other Brown brothers have died this year, Robert in January and the Rev. H. R. Brown in July. Two others, Isaac and Rex died several years ago.
Contributed by Kathy RObinson
J. W. BROWN, one of the earliest residents of Yolo county, died at this home on Third street Monday evening at 5:45 o'clock, after an illness of many months' duration. His ailment was a disorder of the liver, and at times he suffered the most excruciating pain. The deceased was born in Wytheville, Virginia on November 23, 1824 to James and Nancy Brown. In about 1833 the family moved to New Hartford, Illinois where he resided until 1852, when he caught the gold fever and crossed the plains to California. He settled in this county, locating near Yolo on 1,000 acres of the finest farming land in the State. Several years ago he came to Woodland to educate his children. He was president of the city board of trustees for one term and made a faithful and efficient officer. In 1886 he was a candidate for Assemblyman on the Republican ticket, but was defeated. The deceased was an upright and honorable man, and was universally esteemed. By his industry and frugality he amassed a snug fortune consisting principally of real estate. The surviving members of his family are a wife and ten sons and daughters, among whom are: William A. Brown of San Francisco, Orlando Brown, of Siskiyou, Mrs. Eliza Brooks, of Los Angeles, Mrs. Emma Connell, of Yolo, Mrs. Effie Hogue, of Selma, Sherman Brown, Misses Addie, Pearl, Minnie and May Brown, of Woodland.
Contributed by Susan Hoppe
JACKSON BROWN - The remains of Jackson Brown arrived in this place (Rockport) on Wednesday morning from Oklahoma where he has resided for the past few years. The deceased was for many years a resident of New Hartford where he reared a large family. He was about 86 years of age and had ill only about three weeks from the grip. The body was accompanied by a son-in-law, Dan Levi Goodwin and wife, a number of relatives from Quincy, Marblehead and other places met the funeral party here, accompanying the remains to New Hartford where the funeral took place in the M. E. Church, Rev. Frye of this place officiating. The burial took place in the Prairie Mound Cemetery.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - The Quincy Daily Whig, Saturday, Nov. 28, 1914, Page 7
LEONARD BROWN - Funeral services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Hanks Funeral Home, Pearl, for Leonard Brown, 81, who died Friday, April 30, 1962 at Illini Hospital, following a heart attack. Survivors include his wife, the former Dorothy Holloway; two sons, Edgar at home and Lewis of Chicago; one daughter, Ellen Edwards of Pleasant Hill; one grandchild, two brothers, Ora of St Augustine, Fla., and Freeman of Milton. He was a son of the late James and Lottie Lacy Brown. Bro. Wilson Ramsey officiated and burial was in the Green Pond cemetery.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne
[SSDI: Leonard's birth date was Dec. 24, 1900] Virginia Hart Collection
LILLIAN OPAL (BOREN) BROWN, 48, widow of Andrew Brown, died suddenly of a heart attack Wednesday (Sept. 6, 1944) at 10 p.m. while attending services at the Assembly of God Church. She has resided in the Wood River-Hartford area for the past 19 years. She was born Oct. 8, 1893, at Pearl, where her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Boren, reside. After her marriage in Pearl, she and her husband resided there for a short time before moving to Oklahoma. Later they came to this vicinity. Her husband died Aug. 10, 1943. Surviving, besides her parents, are a daughter, Mrs. Frank Moffitt, who resided with her mother on Olive Street; a son, Lieut. Lyle K. Brown, an army air forces pilot, who has been in New Guinea since late in July; a granddaughter, Naomia Ruth Moffitt, and two brothers, Dewey and Clarence Boren of Pearl. Mrs. Brown's daughter, the former Miss Juanita Brown, was a teacher in the Wood River public schools before her marriage. Word of his mother's death has been sent in a cablegram to Lieut. Brown, formerly in the personnel department at Western Cartridge Co., before he entered service two years ago. It is hoped that he can return for the funeral. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 11 a.m. at Assembly of Good Church, Hartford. Burial will be in Green Pond Cemetery, at Pearl. The body will be at Marks & Weber funeral home in Wood River from noon Friday until 4 p.m. Saturday when it will be brought to the residence to remain until time it is taken to the church.
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.
MARY BROWN, widow of Geo. R. Brown, living six miles east of New Canton, Illinois, died at her home on last Thursday morning after an illness of several weeks. Mrs. Brown was well known in and around New Canton, where she had lived for many years. She was born in Tyrone county, Ireland, and was at the time of her death past 68 years of age. In the year of 1879 she was married to George R. Brown and to this union five children were born, namely: William G. of New Canton, Ill.,: Mrs. Frank Wilson, of Barry; Mrs. Belle V. Miller of Boonville, Missouri; Margaret and George R., both at home with their mother, giving her all the necessary comforts and kindness that could have been bestowed by loving minds after the demise of the husband about six years ago. Besides the children she leaves two brothers--John Brown of New Canton and William Brown, back in the old home in Ireland; two grandchildren and a host of other very near relatives and friends to mourn their loss. Mrs. Brown was raised in the teachings of the Episcopal church and cherished the same to the end of her life. The funeral services were conducted from the family home on Saturday, October 21...in charge of Rev. W. M. Hailey, assisted by a choir composed of Harry Johnson, Harry Gleckler, Mrs. Gleckler and Mrs. A. J. Hamilton. Mrs. L. J. Gallaway presided at the piano...After the service at the home the remains were laid to rest beside her husband in Shearer cemetery near New Canton. Ed. Carroll, L. G. Brown, John McTucker, Wm. Hackman, Wm. Gard and Henry Gard were pallbearers.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Barry Adage, 25 Oct 1922]
REBECA M. BROWN - of Hannibal, Mo., was called here Saturday by the death of her aunt, Mrs. William Seeley. Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Seeley of DePue, Ill., were called here by the serious illness and death of Mr. Seeley's mother. Rebecca M. Badgley was born at Madison, Ind., Feb. 28, 1831; died in Summer Hill, Jan. 31, 1908, aged 76 years, 11 months and 3 days. She was married Feb. 24, 1858 (Illinois Death Index has the year as 1859-kr) to William A. Seeley. She leaves her husband and two sons, Harvey and Harry. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Maple of Rockport at the Congregational Church and she was laid to rest in our home cemetery.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - Summer Hill, Ill., - Feb. 5, 1908 Quincy Daily Journal
ROBERT BROWN - Funeral services for Robert Brown, 71, of Pittsfield were held at 2 pm Sunday at the Christian Church with Rev. Vernon Stout officiating. south of Pittsfield. Mr. Brown died suddenly Friday morning upon reaching home after he had shoveled his car out of the snow when he had gone to his chiropractor. He had had a bad heart condition for many years; in fact was rejected for military service in World War I on account of his heart. Born Nov. 7, 1887 in Atlas, Ill., Robert was the son of Byron E. and Viola Rowley Brown. He was married May 31, 1917 at Bowling Green, Mo., to Miss Rebecca Cannon who preceded him in death Nov. 21, 1951. They had no children. Robert joined the Christian Church in Pittsfield in 1918 and served several years on the official board. He farmed until his health failed, then in 1943, he and his wife moved to Pittsfield. After her death, he lived alone, but the past two years he and his brother Irl of Rockport had spent their nights together, either at Pittsfield or Rockport. Irl had spent Thursday night with his brother and was getting breakfast when Robert returned from the doctor's office Friday morning. Robert complained of being "awfully sick" and went to the bathroom. In a moment, Irl heard him fall. A doctor was summoned, but it was too late; Robert was dead. During World War II, when there was a shortage of mail carriers in the city, Robert was acting city carrier for two or three years. He had previously been a substitute rural carrier. He was a loyal Mason and a member of the Pittsfield lodge. Besides the brother, Irl, Robert is survived by another brother, Rev. Homer R. Brown of Pittsfield, and two sisters, Mrs. Mavor Petty of Christopher, Ill., and Mrs. Alta Daughters of St. Joseph, Mo. Mrs. Petty arrived here Friday evening and Mrs. Daughters arrived Saturday night. They are spending this week with Irl at Atlas. Masonic Rites, in charge of Costen Clemmons of Milton, were conducted at the church by Pittsfield lodge. Pallbearers, all of whom are Masons, were Hubert Heavner, Harvey Mink Sr., Loyd Mink, Eldon Atwood, Robert Groom and Kenneth Kiser.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson
LULA MAY (HARLOW) BURK - Funeral services for Mrs. Lula Mae Burk, 77, wife of Frank Burk, 534 1/2 Broadway, East Alton, will be held Friday at 2 pm in the Christian Church, Pleasant Hill. Burial will be in the Crescent Heights Cemetery. The body is at Smith Funeral Home, Wood River, where friends may call after 7 pm today and until early Thursday morning when the body will be taken to Ward Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, where friends may call after 2 pm Thursday. A daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Harlow, she was born May 20, 1883, at Monroe, MO. She had lived in East Alton six years. Her first husband, Edward Hartsock, died in 1955 and in 1959 she was married to Frank Burk, who survives. Also surviving are 5 daughters, Mrs. Cora Phillips, Wood River; Mrs. Nora Shelton, Camp Point; Mrs. Audrey Lord, Mrs. Dorothy Helm and Mrs. Delores Miller, Pleasant Hill; three sons, Merle Hartsock, Pleasant Hill; Wilbert Hartsock, Rte. 1, East Alton; and Dale Hartsock, Brighton. There are 35 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren. Three children preceded her in death.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson & Carolyn
EMILY A. (DAVIS) BURKE, daughter of Alonzo and Mary Davis, was born in El Dara, Pike county, Ill., Oct. 26, 1844, and departed this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Davis, in Barry, Ill., Monday morning, February 11, 1901, aged 56 years, 3 months and 15 days. July 20, 1862, she was married to James W. Burke and was a faithful helpmeet [sic] to him until his death, which occurred July 7, 1876. This union of fourteen years was blessed with three children - James, Lewis and Maude. Lewis died in infancy, while James and Maud survive to mourn the ? of mother, and the mother's chief concern during her long widowhood was for them, and her aged parents. About thirty years ago she, with her husband, obeyed the gospel, and upon profession of their faith in Christ were baptized by Elder Crow. She united with the Christian church at El Dara, where her membership remained until a few years ago, when she became identified with the church at Barry. Friends and neighbors, with relatives, bear testimony as to her faithfulness as wife, mother and christian. After a protracted illness lasting through seven weeks, in which every possible effort was put forth to relieve her, she finally succumbed to the grim reaper and is now at rest. Funeral services were conducted by her pastor, F.M. Rogers, assisted by Rev. Young, at the home of her daughter, Tuesday afternoon, in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends. Interment in Barry cemetery."
The Barry Adage 14 Feb. 1901
ELIZABETH (BICKERDIKE) BURLEND, daughter of John and Hannah Bickerdike, was born near Leeds, England, on April 15, 1828. She was the eldest of nine children, of whom three brothers are still living. With her parents she came to this country: in 1843, taking up her residence near what is now called Bethel. She was married in 1856 to Wm. Burlend, who also came from England, in 1831. Mr. Burlend preceded his wife to the spirit world, Apr. 3, 1900. To this union were born nine children, seven of whom survive her, Rebecca A. Birch, Mary Anna Burlend, John and George Burlend, Sarah E. Lightle, James Albert Burlend and Charlotte Foreman. She was early taught the fear of the Lord, to love His word, and to strictly observe His Sabbaths. She was converted in November 1848, while Dr. Leaton was pastor, and united with the Methodist church at Bethel. Under the ministry of Rev. A. P. Stover she sought a deeper work of grace in her heart, often speaking of it as soul rest. She remained a member at Bethel until 1891, when she and Mr. Burlend moved to Griggsville, when their membership was transferred to the Methodist church of this place. She was a member of the Woman's Foreign Missionary society for over twenty-five years. For years she was an earnest Christian, devout, prayerful-careful in the home-training of her children; faithful in her duties to the church of God. This is evidenced in the fact that all her children were converted in early life. In Mr. and Mrs. Burlend's married life, in their home duties, their trials, their joys, their sorrows, in the care and training of their children, they went hand in hand, working together trustingly and patiently, both of them true to God, their home and each other. About twelve weeks ago she was stricken with the sickness that resulted in her death. Never a moment did she lose faith in her Savior, always trustful, patient, and uncomplaining. Indeed during her last hours she was mindful of the comfort of her family, telling them to take their rest. Upon a visit to her ten days before she died a visiting pastor reead the word of God to her, upon which she made some comments, and at her request sang, "I Have Another Building," preparation for which she had made long ago. During her last hours, she would speak of dwelling in the secret place of the most High. Funeral services were held at her late residence Saturday afternoon, Aug. 27, conducted by Rev. H. P. Beck, assisted by her pastor, Rev. H. C. Munch. Interment was in Bethel cemetery by the side of her husband and children who have gone on before.
Source: A newspaper clipping from an old scrapbook containing Pike County material. Transcribed by Delaine Donaldson
WILLIAM BURLEND - Again the portals of death have opened and Bro. Wm. Burlend has passed through them into the paradise of our God. On Sabbath, April 1, he was taken violently ill and Tuesday night, April 3, 1900, he fell asleep in Jesus. As a ripened sheaf he was gathered into the garner of the Master. Born on May 24, 1831 in Yorkshire England, he was in his sixty-ninth year-old in years but young in spirit. While in infancy his parents moved with him to this country, landing near Griggsville Nov. 5, 1832. Ever since that time he has lived in this vicinity, most of his life in the country near Bethel church. In 1856 he was married to Elizabeth Bickerdike. To them were born nine children. The wife, seven of the children and one sister, Mrs. Hannah Dalby, many other relatives and a host of friends mourn their loss. He was a good husband and father. He loved and provided for his family and his children rise up and call him blessed. As a citizen he won the esteem of all who knew him. Of the strictest integrity, public spirited and benevolent, he made an impression on the community which will not soon be forgotten. While he was highly successful in his business he sympathized with the less fortunate. In 1866 he was born again into the kingdom of heaven and united with the Bethel Methodist Episcopal church. He experienced in his heart the joy of conscious salvation by the witness of the Holy Spirit. The religious life was a joy as well as a duty. While he had a love for all the churches he was loyal to his own church. Whenever he was able the pastor and the church could count on his presence. His devotion was more in deeds than in words. He was liberal with his means and the pastor and official board always felt that he could be depended upon to do his part in bearing the burdens of the church. Personally, I soon learned to love him; coming to this charge under trying circumstances, he was one of the first to call and express his sympathy and offer his assistance. He was a frequent caller at the parsonage and always conducted himself as a Christian brother. His deeds of kindness were unobtrusive but substantial. I shall always feel that he deserves the reward our Savior promises---Come ye blessed of my Father into the kingdom prepared for you, for I was sick and ye visited me, in need and ye ministered unto me. Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my servants ye have done it unto me. When we meet to worship in the church we shall sadly miss Bro. Burlend from his accustomed place, and on the official board we shall miss his counsel. May the mantle of the ascending Elijahs fall on the younger Elishas. Eight years ago he removed from his old home and the church he loved so well to Griggsville. Today we sorrowfully bring back to you the body of our brother and mourn with you over his loss. And now tenderly amid the old associations we lay him away to rest. We believe his soul is with the God in whom he trusted. In his last days he had on his countenance the peace of the dying Christian. When asked concerning his trust in Jesus he gave the assurance that all was well with his soul. The last time he had family worship he read the 16th Psalm ending so triumphantly-Thou wilt show me the path of life; in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore. May the peace of our God abide with his stricken family and help us all to so live in this life that in the world to come we may have everlasting life. Funeral services were held at Bethel church, Thursday, April 5, conducted by Rev. N. English
Source: A newspaper clipping from an old scrapbook containing Pike County material. Transcribed by Delaine Donaldson