Obituaries and Death Notices

of Sangamon County, Illinois

E - Surnames

Minnie Hansen Eddington
Springfield – Minnie
Eddington, 90, of Springfield died Saturday, Jan. 9, 1999, at St. John's Hospital. She was born Jan. 19, 1908, in Springfield. She married Samuel J. Eddingtonin 1926 in Springfield; he died in 1988. Mrs. Eddington, a resident of Springfield all of her life, was a member of Plymouth Congregational Church. Survivors: four sons, Samuel and Paul Eddington, both of Rochester, Donald Eddington, of Springfield and Edward Eddington of Sandia Park, N.M.; 16 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren." [Date unknown, The State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, P. 12 - Donated by Carla Leber]

Samuel J. Eddington
Samuel J.
Eddington, 90, of Springfield died at 4:40 p.m. Saturday at St. John's Hospital North. He was born in Springfield, the son of the late Samuel and Margaret Cook Eddington. He was a former self-employed truck farmer. Preceding him in death were two sisters. He was a member of Plymouth Congregational Church. Surviving are his wife, Minnie; four sons, Samuel G., and Paul R., both of Rochester, Donald W., of Spingfield and Edward R. of Albuquerque, N.M.; three brothers, David and Walter, both of Springfield, and Charles of Kirkwood, Mo.; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bisch Memorial Home, with the Rev. Ted Fritz officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery." [The State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, November 7, 1988, Page 10; Donated by Carla Leber]

Samuel Eddington
Eddington, 87, Is Taken By Death: Samuel Eddington, 87, died at his home, R. R. 3, at 11 p.m. yesterday. He was born in Somersetshire, England, and came to Springfield in 1880, where he was engaged in truck gardening. He is survived by his wife, Mary; four sons, Samuel, David and Walter of this city and Charles of Kirkwood, Mo.; two daughters, Miss Margaret Eddington and Mrs. Ruth Cooke, both of city, and one sister, Mrs. John Davis, city. The body is at Bisch's Memorial home. Funeral arrangements will be made later.  [Illinois State Journal, Springfield, IL, 3/10/1943; Donated by Carla Leber]

Mary Eddington
MRS. MARY EDDINGTON: Mrs. Mary Margaret
Eddington, of 2240 S. Tenth St., died at 3 p.m. yesterday in St. John's hospital, following a lingering illness. She was 78 years old. Mrs. Eddington was a member of Plymouth Congregational church. She is survived by four sons, Samuel J., David J., and Walter G., all of Springfield, and Charles E., Kirkwood, Mo., a daughter, Miss Mary Margaret, Springfield; a brother, William A. Cook, Wood River; 12 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. The body was taken to the Bisch Memorial home, where friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. tomorrow and until time of services there at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Rev. J. D. Cornett will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Ridge cemetery. [Date unknown, probably Illinois State Journal. (death date 1/9/1954) - Donated by Carla Leber]

William Eddington
Died, at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 1928, at age of 61 years. Survived by wife, Louise; six sons, Percival, Joseph, Roy, Frank, John and William; one sister, Mrs. John
Davis; two brothers, Samuel and John Eddington. Member of Christ Episcopal Church. Remains to Bisch & Son Funeral Home. Funeral announcement later."  [Illinois State Journal, date and page unknown, Springfield, IL - Donated by Carla Leber]

William Alfred Eddington
W. A. Eddington Dies At Hospital – Was Lifelong Resident of Springfield. William Alfred (Blondie)
Eddington, 52, of 806 Black avenue, died at 5:15 a.m. yesterday at St. John's hospital. He was a lifelong resident of Springfield. He was the owner of Blondie's Used Car Sales Co. at 920 Phillips avenue. He is survived by his wife, Irene; one stepson, James Foster of Tacoma, Wash., and five brothers, Percy, Joseph, Roy, Frank, and John, all of Springfield. Remains were removed to the Bisch Memorial home where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Rev. David J. Jones officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge cemetery.(Picture included) [Illinois State Journal, Nov. 2, 1946, page unknown, Springfield, IL - Donated by Carla Leber]

Mary M. Eddington
Miss Mary M. Eddington: Miss Mary Margaret
Eddington, 70, formerly of 2240 S. 10th St., a retired school teacher, died at 4 a.m. Sunday at the Jacksonville State Hospital. Surviving are four brothers, Samuel, David, and Walter of Springfield and Charles of Kirkwood, Mo. She was a member of Plymouth Congregational Church. Miss Eddington taught school for 30 years and Iles was the last school in which she taught before her retirement. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at bisch Memorial Home with Rev. F.A. Wirth officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery. [State Journal Register, date and page unknown, Springfield, IL - Donated by Carla Leber]

Catherine Eddington
Of 1800 Groth Ave. died at 7:10 a.m. Wednesday, August 11, 1971 at St. John's Hospital, age 68. Survived by husband, David J., five sons, Robert
Eddington, Madison, Wis., David Eddington, Lafayette, Ind.; Richard Eddington, Montgomery, Ala., Jerome Eddington, Mattoon; Michael Eddington, Springfield; five daughters, Mrs. Rita Shaughnessy, Brookfield, Wis., Mrs. Mariam Woodruff, St. John's, Mo., Mrs. Theresa Baker, Mrs. Helene O'Shea, and Mrs. Regina Rakers, all of Springfield; 53 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Thomas Wilson, Springfield; four sisters, Mrs. Rose Eddington, Mrs. Margaret Mudd, Mrs. Gertrude Young and Miss Ruth Wilson, all of Springfield. Member of St. Patrick's Church. Remains are at Kirlin and Egan Funeral Home. Visitation from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Wake services at 7 p.m, Thursday, Services at 9 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick's Church, Rev. James O'Shea officiating. Burial in Calvary Cemetery. [State Journal Register, date and page unknown, Springfield, IL - Donated by Carla Leber]

Walter Eddington
Walter G.
Eddington, 90, of Decatur, formerly of Springfield, died Thursday at Imboden Creek Living Center in Decatur. He was born Feb. 19, 1905, in Springfield, the son of Samuel and Mamie Cook Eddington. He married Inez M. Wilson in 1927; she died in 1985. Mr. Eddington was a resident of Decatur since 1994 and of Springfield for most of his life. He was a photographer for Weaver Manufacturing Co. for over 50 years. He was a member of Plymouth Congregational Church of Springfield. Survivors: a daughter, Mrs. Hillary (Marilyn) Haynes of Decatur; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, David Eddington of Springfield; several nieces and nephews; and a cousin. Graveside services: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oak Ridge Cemetery, with Rev. Ted Fritz officiating. Staab Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. [date and page unknown, State Journal Register - Donated by Carla Leber]

Joseph E. Eddington
Died, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, 1903, at the residence of his son on East Laurel street, east of the city, Joseph E.
Eddington, aged 95 years. The arrangements for the funeral have not been completed. The decedent was born in England and has been a resident of this city the last twenty-two years." [Illinois State Journal, 5/21/1903, p. 6; Donated by Carla Leber]

Rhoda Eddington
Died, Thursday, April 19, 1906, at the residence of her son, Samuel
Eddington, one mile east of this city, Mrs. Roda Eddington, aged 83 years. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock this afternoon at the residence of her son and the interment will be made in Oak Ridge Cemetery. The decedent was born in England and had been a resident of this country for twenty-four years. She is survived by three sons, Samuel and William Eddington, of this city, and John Eddington, residing in England. She is also survived by one daughter, Mrs. John Davis, who resides in this city. Mrs. Eddington was a member of Episcopal church."  [Illinois State Journal, 4-20-1906, p.6: Donated by Carla Leber]

Alice Ann Elder
Alice Ann Elder, 80, of Springfield, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at her residence. Born Oct. 29, 1931, in Charleston, she was the daughter of Roy and Elizabeth Davis Hettick. In 1955, she married Dr. Robert Kinser, D.V.M. He preceded her in death. In 1978, she married Bernard "Barney" Elder. Her parents; daughter, Elizabeth Ann Workman; and brother, Robert Hettick, preceded her in death. Mrs. Elder is survived by her husband, Bernard "Barney" Elder; son, Aaron (Becky) Kinser of Watkins, Iowa; stepchildren, Tom Elder of Chicago, Melinda Gardner of Mechanicsburg, Jim Elder of Chicago, Michael Elder of Texas and Jeff Elder of Florida; grandchildren, Rachel and Robert Kinser of Watkins, Iowa; Andrew (fiancee, Nikki Reeves) Workman of Springfield and Stephen Workman of New Berlin; sister, Nancy Riggs (Lou) Costello of Greenfield; and several nieces and nephews. Previously, she was a kitchen supevisor at St. John's Hospital. A member of Laurel United Methodist Church, Mrs. Elder was a member of PEO International. She was an avid reader and supporter of the Rochester Public Library. Memorial Gathering to celebrate Alice's life will be held at Staab Polk Memorial Home, 8855 State Route 4, Chatham, IL., on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. Private family burial will be Monday at Toledo Cemetery. Cremation rites were accorded by Cremation Services of Central Illinois. Staab Polk Memorial Home is serving the Elder family. [Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

David England
David England died yesterday morning at 1 o'clock at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Evaline Metts (Mitts) in Cantrall. Mr. England was born in Bath County, Kentucky on November 25, 1804 and consequently at the time of his death was in his 84th year. November 4, 1823 he married Miss Margaret Higgins, whom he survives from 4 or 5 years, and by whom he had 14 children, 7 sons and 7 daughters. Mr. England came to the county with his father Stephen England in the year 1819, one year after Illinois had been admitted as a state into the Union and settled on the north side of the Sangamon River, near the place where the Chicago and Alton Railroad crosses that stream. His brothers-in-law, Andrew Cline (Clarno) and Wyatt Cantrall also located their claims in the same time and near the same place. This brave man endured all the hardships of pioneer life, but also made of the right kind of metal,as a subsequent life has proved. He has ever since lived in the same locality and was one of the substantial and always reliable old settlers of Sangamon County. For the past few years his home has been with his daughter, Mrs. Evaline Metts (Mitts), a most worthy and greatly beloved woman, who has cared for him with all the loving kindness of a most affectionate daughter. On Friday one week ago, he fell asleep, never suffered and never awoke, old age being the simple cause of his death. He will be buried today, the funeral to take place from the Christian Church in Cantrall at 1 o'clock this afternoon. [Daily State Register, 23 Dec 1887; Sub. by Teresa Haines Rigney]

John England
The painful news reached this place Sabbath noon that Elder John England had passed away from his earthly labors at 12 o'clock Saturday night. To fill an appointment to preach at Cornland, a week ago Sabbath last, he took the 5 o'clock train reaching that place thirty minutes later, at which time it was quite dark. Being alone and to get off the cars easier, he threw his overcoat and wrapping on the platform, and then tried himself to get off. Immediately after the train pulled out, he was discovered by Mr. Greening and others, half lying on the end of the platform, helpless and apparently in much distress. He was carried to Mr. Greening's house where medical aid was called, while it was discovered that several ribs were broken and that he was suffering very much from the shock to his general system. Mr. England could give little information as to the accident, that after throwing the coat and wraps, he had no futher recollection of the accident that befell him. Dr. Phinney of this place was called in consultation with Dr. Hamilton of Cornland, and while it was not thought that he was seriously injured, yet with his great age and recent paralytic stroke, might prove more serious than was then apparent. His relatives were immediately summoned to his bedside and all that it was possible for kind hands to do was done to relive and ease the aged sufferer. With no alarming symptoms arising, Dr. Mathews, of Springfield was called Saturday morning, as was Mr. Abner England, a son from Monticello. But, while hopes were entertained for the better, the aged invalid felt different; his days to him seemed numbered and he so expressed himself to his friends. And they too discovered it Saturday evening about six o'clock, when futher hope vanished. He was fully conscious of his condition and surroundings. After that he declined rapidly until the end. The remains were brought up yesterday to this place and taken to the residence of Mr. Clay Noel, who was recently married to a daughter of Mr. S.C. Turley, and grandchild of the deceased. The funeral occurred this mouning from the Christian church, services commencing at 11 o'clock, the sermon being preached by Elder Northcut of Blue Mound. A very large concourse of people was present to pay thier last and tribute to the worthy and honored dead. The pall bearers were; Mr. John Buckles, Mr. Miller Copeland, Mr. Andrew Buckles, Mr. L.K. Scroggin, Mr. James Dingman and Mr. Tobert, the two latter of Harristown. Elder John England was born in Kentucky, Januarr 15, 1811, thus living to near the good old age of 74. He moved with his parents to Ohio in 1813, and to Illinois in 1817, settling in Sangamon County. In 1832 he was married to Miss Mary A. Smith, to whom was born nine children, seven of them still living; she dying in 1852. Mr. England was again married in 1853 to Mrs. Sarah Grimes, who bore him two children, one of whom, John England, is a resident of this vicinity. Two brothers also survive him. He was united to the Church of Christ in 1833, since which time he has been not only a good and consistent member but an able exponder of his church, having been a preacher of the gospel for about fifty years. His life was spent in ministering good cheer to the well, offering sympathy and love to the sick and afflicted. His walk in life comported with his teaching; in or out of the pulpit he was the same. Christianity was the daily thought of his life and glorious future in heaven was his abiding faith. No better man lives and none are better prepared to die. He was a good and faithful servant, worthy the esteem and rampart which he was held. He will be greatly missed, not only by his church, but by the host of people who were acquainted with him. The widow and relatives have the sincere sympathy of the many friends of the family. Peace to his venerable ashes! Among other at the bed side of Elder England while lying at the home of Mr. Greening beside himself and family, were his sons, John and Abner, Mr. and Mrs. John Buckles, Mr Andrew Buckles, Mr. H.A. Baldwin and wife, Joshua Day, Mr. John Lynn and wife, Geo. Keeler, Mrs. Thomas Capps, Mr. H.B. Enos, P.T. Greening, J.E. Constant and Mother Laughlin and Mrs. Masterson. Mrs. England, the widow, was present from Monday evening until the end. [The Lincoln Herald, 04 Dec 1884; Sub. by Teresa Haines Rigney]

W.L.D. Ewing
We notice, with profound regret, the announcement in the last State Register, of the death of Gen. W. L. D. Ewing, Auditor of Public accounts of the state of Illinois.  He died at Springfield, at 11 o’clock on Wednesday evening of last week, after an illness of twenty-six days, in the fifty-second year of his age.
Probably no man in Illinois has been more in public life than Gen. E., and none, certainly, has served the public so long and encountered less censure.  Besides doing his country important service in the field, he has held successively the important offices of United States senator, state senator, member and speaker of the house of representatives, clerk of the house, and auditor of public accounts.  His talents and faithfulness in the discharge of his duties, made him an efficient and valuable public officer, and his urbanity of manners and uniform benevolence and kindness of heart, had endeared him to a large circle of friends, to whom his loss is irreparable. [The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, April 3, 1846]



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