Obituaries
of Sangamon County, Illinois

C - Surnames


JOHN CANHAM
AGE 70 YEARS, IS DEAD – DECEDENT HAD RESIDED IN COUNTY FOR MANY YEARS. Followed Occupation of Market Gardener – Funeral to Be Held Tomorrow Afternoon at Residence: CANHAM – Died at 2:45 o'clock Friday afternoon, March 10, 1916, at his home, 2400 East Laurel street, after a long illness from a complication of diseases. John Canham, aged 70 years, a resident of Springfield for the last fifty years. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the residence. Interment will be made in Oak Ridge cemetery. Mr. Canham was widely known in this city and community through his occupation as market gardener, which occupation he followed for forty-five years. He was born in Cambridge, England, and came to this country when ten years old. He was member of Camp 1534, M. W. of A. As survivors, Mr. Canham leaves his widow, two sons, George Canham and Cleve Canham, and one daughter, Mrs. Minnie Gordon, all of this city; also two brothers, Lewis Canham of Emmetsburg, Iowa, and William Canham of Commerce, Mo., and one sister, Miss Eliza Canham of Jacksonville. [[Illinois State Journal, Springfield, IL 3-11-1916, page 7, Springfield, IL - Contributed by Carla Leber]


Cleve Canham
CANHAM, CLEVE B – At St. John's hospital at 10:35 p.m. Tuesday at the age of 41 years, 3 months and 20 days of complications. Funeral services will be held from the family residence, 2231 South Grand avenue, east at 2:30 o'clock Thursday, Rev. William Schulzke officiating. Interment at Oak Ridge. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Daisy Canham; three sons, Russell E., Raymond C. and Roy B., mother, Mrs. Sarah Canham; brother,George Canham, and sister, Mrs. Minnie Gordon." [Illinois State Journal 8-5-20, p. 9, Springfield, IL; Contributed by
Carla Leber]


Louis Canham
Funeral services for Louis Canham, aged 40 years, who died Monday morning, March 15, 1915, at the family residence, 2400 East Laurel street, of a complication of diseases, will be held at the home at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon, Rev. G. C. Dunlop, pastor of Christ Episcopal church officiating, interment will be made in Oak Ridge cemetery. Decedent is survived by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. John Canham; two brothers, George and Cleveland Canham, and one sister, Mrs. Edward Jordon, all of this city. He was a member of Prosperitycamp No. 1418 Modern Woodmen of America." [Illinois State Journal, Springfield, IL: 3-17-1915, page 13, Springfield, IL; Contributed by
Carla Leber]

 


Erastus Canfield
Died, at 10 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 1924, at St. John's hospital of complications at age of 87. Survived by widow, Mathilda; one son, J. S. Canfield of this city; eight grandchildren. Remains at T.C. Smith's Son's mortuary. Funeral services, which will be held at Douglas Avenue M.E. church, will be announcedlater. Interment in Oak Ridge cemetery." [Illinois State Journal 4/6/24, p. 10 - Donated by
Carla Leber]



Milton Carpenter
It becomes our painful duty to announce the decease, at his residence in this city, on Sunday morning last, of the Hon. Milton Carpenter, Treasurer of this state, after an illness of three weeks.
In giving to the family and immediate friends of deceased, assurance of the deep sympathy which their bereavement has awakened in this community, we but utter a sentiment which will be responded to throughout the state and wherever he is known. Mr. Carpenter was a native of the state of Kentucky, but removed with his parents, to this state, at an early age.  From his youth, he was distinguished for great energy of character, purity of morals, an inbred love of truth, and an invincible honesty-qualities which secured him the entire confidence of all and prepared the way for the distinction which he attained and the responsible trusts which he has discharged.  In this respect, we could wish that the influence of his example might be shed upon the pathway of all the young men of Illinois to lead them on to a life of usefulness and honor. His first public services were rendered in the field, he having at an early age volunteered with a gallant company from the county of Hamilton, to defend our infant-frontiers from the ravages of Black Hawk and his followers.  Though the campaign afforded little opportunity of military distinction, its incidents fully developed the generous and manly traits of his character, and endeared him to his companions to such a degree, that he was by all recognized as a true friend, a brave soldier, a just arbiter of their disputes, whose decision was the end of controversy.  So strong had this feeling become, that on returning to Hamilton county, he became the object of popular confidence and favor-was returned to the legislature by a decisive majority over a strong and tried politician.  Thus introduced to civil life; he continued to win the love of the people-his influence and solid fame extended, and to the hour of his death, knew no abatement.

After having served his county several years as a member of the General Assembly, he was, at the session of 1841-42, elected Treasurer of state, which office he filled to the day of his death, having been three times elected by the legislature, and elected by the people without opposition at the recent election under the new constitution.  When we consider that the principle of rotation in office is so rigidly applied in this state, and the number of worthy aspirants for each responsible office is great, the continuation of Mr. Carpenter in office for so long a period, shows that he had a most powerful hold upon the public confidence.  While receiving and
disbursing three or four hundred thousand dollars annually, the people felt perfectly sure, that every dollar would be safely kept and honestly accounted for.  "They knew him to be cautious, prudent and close in all his business transactions, and that he managed the financial affairs of the state, with the same scrupulous and rigid economy that characterized the management of his private business.  He was not only a faithful officer but he was always faithful, and of untiring vigilance: he was not only honest, but "Firm in his will-true to his trust-insensible to ill, and obstinately just!" and it has been fortunate for the state-more fortunate than the people can ever appreciate, or any but his most intimate associates know, that during the time of her financial difficulties, when all was embarrassment, confusion and fathomless uncertainty, just such a man, of perverse honesty, and unyielding firmness, was called to preside over her treasury, and gather up the fragments of her ruined credit.

Mr. Carpenter was emphatically a man of the people;  having, with but few advantages, without the aid of fortune or a polished education, made his way among his fellow citizens to honor and distinction, without exciting the envy of those around him; for all acknowledged the pre-eminence of his character, and saw him attired only in those homely principles of action taught in the sacred injunction-"whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them!" - principles which prevail so strongly and shine as brightly, in the humble, as in the more elevated walks of life.  An ever prevailing sense of religious and moral obligation was the great rule and guide of his conduct.  And he acquitted himself well.  He has left us, in the prime of life, but of a life well spent, and with a name that will remain a rich legacy to his children.  Mr. Carpenter was in his fortieth year at the time of his decease.  He leaves an aged father and mother to mourn the loss of their only child, and a wife and nine children overwhelmed in sorrow by their irreparable loss.  His funeral was attended on Monday by the officers of the state and citizens, the arrangement and attendance evincing the profound respect felt for his memory.  [Illinois State Register, (Springfield, IL) Friday, August 15, 1848]  


Thomas A. Carswell
Thos. A. Carswell, Well Known By Old Residents of This Section. Thomas A. Carswell, aged 81 years, died at 9:15 Saturday morning at his home at Pawnee, after a lingering illness.The funeral services were held at 10:30 o'clock Monday norning from the Presbyterian church at Pawnee, Rev. W.H. Penhallegan of Decatur officiating and interment following in Mt. Zion cemetery. The decedent was one of the oldest residents of Sangamon county and was well known throughout the central part of Illinois as a stock raiser and land owner. Mr. Carswell was born April 9, 1834 on Bute Island, off the coast of Scotlan. His father was Andrew Carswell, a native of Scotland, who was married to Janet Scott, also of Scotch ancestry. His father died in 1860. His mother expired in 1843. At the age of 24 years, Mr. Carswell came to America and settled at Springfield. On August 20, 1863 he was united in marriage with Mary Byers and resided on a rented farm, where he lived for six years. His wife died in 1869. This union was born two children, Andrew, of New City and Arthur, of California. In 1870 Mr. Carswell married Jane Clark, a native of Scotland. To the second union were born three children, James of New City, Luther, of New City, and Jessie, new wife of Harry Colean, of Pawnee. Mr. Carswell was a republican. In politics and cast his first presidential vote for Abraham Lincoln in ? [unreadable]. He was vice president of the National bank of Pawnee since its organization in 1905. In addition, to his children he is survived by his widow and one sister, Jeanette Carswell.[The Auburn Citizen - Friday, November 12, 1915]


Herman Franklin Cawley

Illinois State Journal, 8-16-6, p. 6, Springfield, IL

"Cawley – Died, at 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, August 15, 1906, at the residence of his parents, 1304 East Cedar street, Mr. And Mrs. John Cawley, jr., Herman Franklin Cawley, aged 7 months. The funeral will be held at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning at St. Paul's Pro-Cathedral. The interment will be made in Oak Ridge cemetery. The decedent is survived by his parents, two brothers and one sister." [Donated by Carla Leber]


John Clifford Cawley

Illinois State Journal, 1/15/32 p. 18, Springfield, IL

"CAWLEY, JOHN CLIFFORD Of 1611 George Avenue died at 9:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, 1932, at St. John's hospital, age 4 months. Survived by parents, Mr. And Mrs. Clifford Cawley; one sister, Ana Verne; grandparents, Mr. And Mrs. John Cawley and Mr. And Mrs. Frank Philips. Remains to Bisch & Son funeral home. Funeral notice later." [Donated by Carla Leber]


Rosetta Cawley

Illinois State Journal, date and page unknown, Springfield, IL

"Rosetta Cawley Taken By Death: Mrs. Rosetta Elizabeth Cawley, 1611 George avenue, resident of Springfield sixty-six years, died at 3:42 p.m. yesterday at St. John's hospital. She had been an invalid for the last ten years. Mrs. Cawley was born in Petersburg March 23, 1873. She was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal church. Surviving are her husband, John H. Cawley; three sons, Robert and Clifford, both of city; and Grover, of Peoria; a daughter, Mrs. Alice Armour, Peoria; three sisters, Mrs. Margaret Groat, Mrs. Frank Steil and Mrs. Fred Steil, all of city; nine grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Remains were taken to Bisch Memorial Home." [Donated by Carla Leber]


Grover H. Cawley

Journal Star, 10-8-1990, P. C-8, Peoria, IL

"Grover Cawley: Grover Harold Cawley, 82, formerly of 2805 W. Nevada, died at 6:10 a.m. Sunday (Oct. 7, 1990) at Sharon Oaks Nursing Home, where he has been a resident for the past year and a half. Born Dec. 28, 1907, in Springfield to John and Rosetta Cawley, he married Anna Farris on Aug. 18, 1951, in Peoria. She survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Shirley Harken of Bartonville; two stepdaughters, Arlene Maile of Bartonville and Shirley Chambers of Moreno Valley, Calif.; one step son Charles Pendergrass of Lombard; three grandsons; eight stepgrandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Rosetta Harms, one sister, two brothers and two grandchildren. He worked for many years as a laborer for the city of Peoria before retiring in 1968. He was a member of St. Paul Episcopal Church in Springfield, Masonic Temple Lodge and the Peoria Boat Club. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel, with the Rev. Paul Tolo officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the chapel, with Masonic services at 8. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery, Peoria. [Donated by Carla Leber]



Rebecca S. Clark
Died in Sangamon county, on the 18th inst., Rebecca S. Clark, aged 28 years, daughter of Edward Clark. [Illinois State Chronicle (Decatur, Illinois) March 27 1856 - Submitted by N. Piper]

Sarah A. Clark
Died on the 26th ult., Sarah Ann, daughter of Edward Clark, of Sangamon Co., aged 21 years.
[Illinois State Chronicle (Decatur, Illinois) February 14 1856 - Submitted by N. Piper]


Lee Montgomery Cloyd
Lee Montgomery "Monty" Cloyd, 69, of New Berlin, died Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. He was born April 25, 1942, in Springfield, to Lee O. and Hope Montgomery Cloyd, who preceded him in death. Mr. Cloyd graduated from Pleasant Plains High School in 1960 and attended Lincoln Land Community College. He served in the Illinois National Guard, from 1960-1962, 4th Battalion, 20th Regimet. Monty married Reba Clark on Sept. 27, 1973. Monty was an Operating Engineer for Local 965 for 25 years and a Stationary Engineer for Local 399 at the Illinois State Library. He belonged to the Masonic Central Lodge 71 AF&AM, Ansar Legion of Honor, 32nd Degree Mason, Lodge Council Chapter Consistory and the Blue Lodge. Monty is survived by his wife, Reba; daughters, Stacey (Joe) Littlejohn of Auburn and Anita Edge of Springfield; grandchildren, Bethany, Sophia and Madison Littlejohn, all of Auburn; brother-in-law, Ted (Nancy) Clark of Sherman; sister-in-law, Lenny Fischer of Peoria; and several nieces and nephews. His family will greet friends from 4-7 p.m. today at Staab Polk Memorial Home, 8855 State Route 4, Chatham. Masonic Services will be conducted at 6 p.m. today. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Staab Polk Memorial Home, Chatham, with the Reverend George Cowper officiating. Burial will follow at Old Chatham Cemetery.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Lena Conwill
Illinois State Journal, 6-12-1898, p. 6.
Died, Saturday morning, June 11, at her residence, 1225 South Eleventh street, Mrs. Lena Conwill, aged 35 years. Mrs. Conwill was the wife of David Conwill and suffered with inflammatory rheumatism, which resulted in her demise. Besides her husband, she is survived by her two sons, Rees and Norman, and one sister, Mrs. G. B. Meade of New Orleans, La. This death is particularly sad as only this week Mr. Conwill received a letter from England bringing the sad intelligence of the death of his mother. A brother, Reece, of this city, died only a short time ago, and Mr. Conwill has just recovered from an illness of several years' duration, caused by injuries received in the Alladin wreck on the Wabash. He was fireman of one of the engines which was wrecked, when Engineers Bouchard and Wilson were both killed." [Contributed by
Carla Leber]



Mayme V Corrigan
Mayme V. Corrigan, 90, a Sunbury Township resident and retired schoolteacher, died at 7:40 p.m. Wednesday (April 4, 1990) at St. Mary's Hospital, Streator. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Bernard's Church, Sunbury Township. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Ransom. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Solon Funeral Home, Streator, with the rosary recited at 7:30 p.m. She was born Aug. 6, 1899, in Highland Township, a daughter of William and Nellie Casey Broderick. She married Martin R. Corrigan June 28, 1922, at Kinsman. He preceded her in death. Survivors include two sons, Justin Corrigan, Ransom, and Raphael Corrigan, Blackstone; one daughter, Mary Jo Corrigan, Streator; three granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Rosella Kanne, Morton, and Cecelia Lyons, Lostant.
Five brothers preceded her in death. She was a schoolteacher in Ransom, Sunbury and Woodland schools. She was a member of St.Bernard's Church, and its Altar and Rosary Society. [The Pantagraph, Bloomington, 04/06/1990 - Sub. by FoFG]



Dorothy Mae Crabtree
Dorothy Mae Crabtree, 87, of Berlin, died at 7:10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011, at Lewis Memorial Christian Village. Dorothy was born Jan. 3, 1924, the daughter of George and Lee Morgan Sheppard. She married Lenvil Crabtree in July 1939. He preceded her in death Jan. 15, 1945. She was also preceded in death by her parents; brother, Albert Sheppard; and a sister, Katherine Graham. She is survived by two daughters, D. Dolores Johnson of Springfield and Anna Mae Shafer of Berlin; two grandsons, Neil (wife, Tracy) Shafer and Wade Shafer, both of Berlin; two great-grandsons, Terence and Tanner Shafer; one niece; three nephews; and many cousins. Family will receive friends from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on Monday at McCullough-Delaney and Butler Funeral Home, 714 E. Gibson St., New Berlin. Funeral ceremony will follow at 12 p.m. with Jerry Lynch officiating. Burial will follow at Woodwreath Cemetery near New Berlin.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Henry J. Cronister
Henry J. Cronister, 64, of Springfield died at 10:01 a.m. Sunday at Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Salisbury, the son of Henry & Margaret Robinson Cronister. He was a resident of Springfield for most of his life. Surviving are three sons, Gerald (Butch) of Springfield, Mickie Q. of Chatham, Henry D. of Rochester; seven daughters, Mrs. Henry (Donna) Handley of Springfield, Mrs. Samuel (Peggy) Eddington of Rochester, Mrs. Thomas (Sharon) Gorbett of Rochester, Mrs. Paul (Joyce) Eddington of Rochester, Mrs. Alvin (Becky) Hysler of Rochester, Mrs. Harry (Pat) Thornton of Pawnee, and Mrs. Thomas (Jackie) Paoni of Auburn; three sisters, Mrs. Francis Baumgardner of Springfield, Mrs. Helen Gravitt of Springfield, Mrs. Nellie Sims of Springdale, Ark.; two brothers, Raymond of Hammond, Ind., John of San Diego, Calif.; 46 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Vancil Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements." [Date and page unknown - death date 7/30/1978. Contributed by Carla Leber]



Henry Smith Cronister

Illinois State Journal, date and page unknown, death date 3/16/1932

Henry Smith Cronister of 1233 North Eleventh street, died at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, 1932, at St. John's Hospital, age 66 years. Survived by wife, Ella; six sons, Harry of Athens, Roy, Lester, Henry, Ray and John, all of Springfield; three daughters, Mrs. Helen Gravett, Mrs. Frances Plummer and Mrs. Nellie Poe, all of city; eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Remains were removed to residence where funeral will be held later, Mott & Son, Athens, directing." [Contributed by Carla Leber]



Sarah Cronister

Petersburg Observer, March 25, 1905

Mrs. Sarah Chronister died at the home of her son Henry in Salisbury Thursday, at the age of 77 years. She is survived by three children, James Chronister and Mrs. D.B. Hornback of Athens, and Henry Chronister of Salisbury. The deceased had been a resident of Athens and vicinity for thirty years. The funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church at Athens, Ill., Sunday, March 19th, 1905 at 2 o'clock p.m. Rev. D.G. Carson officiating. Interment in West Cemetery." [Contributed by Carla Leber]


Rosa A. Cronsister

State Journal Register, June 9, 1970, page unknown, Springfield, IL

Mrs. Rosa Anna Cronister, 78, of 319 N. 13th St., died at 7:20 a.m., Monday at Memorial Hospital. She was born at Salisbury and was a member of Church of God. Her husband, Roy S. Cronister, died Jan. 7, 1969. Surviving are one son, LeRoy of Springfield; five daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Standage and Mrs. Bernice Haynes, both of Springfield, Mrs. Elsie Davis of Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Hazel Holford of Alamogordo, N.M., and Mrs. Opal Westernberger of Westminster, Calif.; two brothers, Robert Hinds of Pawnee and Williams Hinds of Springfield; 26 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Vancil Funeral Mansion. Rev. Ruthven Neff will officiate and burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park." [Contributed by Carla Leber]


Harry Cronister

State Journal Register, date and page unknown, Springfield, IL

Harry Cronister, 77, of R.R. 2, Pleasant Plains, died at 6:45 a.m. at St. Johns Hospital Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Mott and Henning Funeral Home, Athens and burial will be in Hall Cemetery. Surviving are one son, Donald of R.R. 1, Cantrall; three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. [Contributed by Carla Leber]


Donald D. Cronister

State Journal Register, date and page unknown, Springfield, IL

Donald D. Cronister, 83, of Cantrall died Thursday, April 3, 2003, at his home. He was born Nov. 21, 1919, in Athens, the son of Harry and Margaret Pitman Cronister. He married Carol Giberson in 1979 in Sherman. Mr. Cronister graduated from Athens High School in 1937. He was a lifetime farmer, retiring in 1984. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force, serving from 1942-46. He was a member and past president of the Athens School Board, president of Athens Park Board for several years, past commander of the American Legion, member of the Cantrall United Methodist Church and member and past president of the Cantrall United Methodist Church Men's Club. He also served on the Sangamon River Board and American Red Cross Board for Sangamon County for several years and the board for Culver Grain Coop for 15 years. Survivors: wife, Carol; a daughter, Barb (husband, Don) Lynn of Effingham; two sons, Rick Cronister of Cantrall and Dean (wife, Janice) Cronister of Burr Ridge; a step-son, Ray Giberson of Las Vegas; a stepdaughter, Robin (husband, Tim) Treseler of Petersburg; two grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, Mott and Henning Funeral Home in Athens, the Rev. Gloria David and the Rev. Ken Gennicks officiating. Burial: Joel Hall Cemetery in Athens." [Contributed by Carla Leber]



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