Obituaries and Death Notices
of Sangamon County, Illinois

T - Surnames

Elisha Taber
Died – In this city on Wednesday last, Mr. Elisha Taber, aged 60 – an old and respected citizen of this place. [Sangamo Journal (Springfield, IL) – Friday, December 3, 1841]

John Tarr, SR

John Tarr sr., of 1116 N. Amos Ave., a retired coal miner, died at 12:40 p.m. yesterday in Memorial hospital. He was 80 years old. Mr. Tarr was born in Devonshire, England, and came to this U.S. in 1892. He first resided for about one year in Petersburg and then moved to Springfield where he since resided. His wife, the former Bertha Baker, died about 15 years ago. Mr. Tarr was employed for a number of years at the old Franz slaughter house west of town before he became a coal miner. He was employed for many years at mine 12 and was a member of the Progressive Mine Workers of America. He is survived by seven sons, Edward J. and Carl H., both of Pawnee; George W., William, John G., Fred W., and Elmer, all of Springfield; three daughters, Mrs. Lilly Hawkins, Pontiac, Mich.; Mrs. Hilda Poetcher, Springfield; Mrs. Dorothy Roehl, Draden Plains, Mich., 31 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Remains were taken to Ellinger and Kunz funeral home where services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Rev. Lewis Niemoller will officiate and burial will be in Oak Ridge cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. today, until 9 p.m. tomorrow and until time of services Thursday. [Illinois State Journal, 5/25/1954, p.4. - Donated by Carla Leber]

Bertha Tarr
TARR, MRS. BERTHA of R.R. 4, died at the residence at 1:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, 1930, age 52 years. Survived by husband, John; three daughters, Mrs. Ben Hawkins, Mrs. Frank Poetcher, and Miss Amelie Tarr; eight sons, Edward, Fred, Carl, George, William, Joseph, John and Elmer; also eleven grandchildren and four brothers, Ernest, Henry, Fred, and George Baker. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Monday at the residence and at 2:30 o'clock at Trinity Lutheran church. Rev. Paul Schultz officiating. Interment will be in Oak Ridge cemetery, Ellinger and Kunz in charge. [Illinois State Journal, 2-15-1930, p. 14. - Donated by Carla Leber]

Elmer J. Tarr
Elmer J. Tarr, 78, of Springfield died Wednesday at Memorial Medical Center. He was born August 16, 1916, in Springfield, the son of John and Bertha Baker Tarr. He married Barbara Sabo in 1939. Mr. Tarr was a lifelong rsident of Springfield. He was owner and operator of Tarr's Snack Bar for 21 years. He was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. Survivors, wife, Mrs. Barbara "Betty" Tarr; a daughter, JoAnn "Jodie" Manning of Springfield; two sons, James E. Tarr of Carbondale and Michael W. Tarr of Springfield; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Hilda Poetcher of Springfield; a brother, John Tarr, of Springfield; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rev. Michael Strong officiating. Burial: Oak Ridge Cemetery. Staab Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements." [State Journal Register, 3/17/1995, p.12; Donated by Carla Leber]

Joseph E. Tarr
Memorial services for Joseph E. Tarr, fireman, who lost his life Dec. 3 in the sinking of the U.S.S. Cooper, will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Lutheran church. Rev. Paul Schultz will officiate. Tarr leaves his wife, Ethel, and two children: Judy and Joey, 115 North Columbia avenue; his father, John Tarr, Sr., R.R. 2 city; seven brothers, Pvt. John, army; Carl and Fred, Pawnee, and Edward, William, George and Elmer, all of city, and three sisters, Mrs. Lil Hawkins and Mrs. Dorothy Roehl, Pontiac, Mich., and Mrs. Hilda Poetcher, city."
[Illinois State Journal, 3/2/1945, p.11, Donated by Carla Leber]

Francis Taylor
At Round Prairie, in this county, on the 20th instant, Mr. Francis Taylor, aged about 40. Mr. Taylor possessed all those qualities which make up “the noblest work of God.”  Deeply must his family, the community, and the church of which he was a member, mourn their sudden bereavement. [Sangamo Journal (Springfield, IL) – Friday, March 26, 1841]

Frances R. Thomas
In this city on the morning of the 6th inst., Frances R. Thomas, aged 2 years and 2 months, son of Jesse B. Thomas, Esp. [Sangamo Journal (Springfield, IL) – October 8, 1841]

Herbert Trent
Herbert Trent, 75, of Girard, died early Friday morning, Nov. 11, 2011, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. He was born Aug. 10, 1936, in Jacksonville, son of the late Earl and Nellie McGee Trent. He married Alice Fairfield in 1954. He later married Patty Stillwell then Jackie Coy and later Donna Mehrhoff, and Donna preceded him in death on Jan. 13, 2010. Surviving are six daughters, Barbara of Jacksonville, Kathy of Dubuque, Iowa, Judy of Meredosia, Bonnie of Girard, Nicole of Carlinville and Dawn of Kentucky; one son, George of Carlinville; seven stepdaughters, Theresa of Virden, Rhonda of Jacksonville, Barb of Winchester, Julie of Jacksonville, Vicky of Springfield, Susan of Springfield, Mo., and Valory of Springfield, Mo.; two stepsons, Randy of Waverly and Michael of Springfield, Mo.; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Joan Trent of Jacksonville; one brother, William "Bill" Trent and wife Charlotte of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; a brother, Harold Trent; a sister, Jean White; a daughter, Brenda Trent; a son, Steven Trent. He was an over the road driver for many years, retiring in the late 1980s. He also drove modified divisiion at Jacksonville Speedway many years ago. A Celebration of Life service will be held Friday at Grace Baptist Church in Virden from 4-6 p.m. with a dinner to follow at the church.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Isaac Trumbo Passes Away
He was born in this country and 1830. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Adam Trumbo, were pioneer residents of Sangamon County, coming here from Kentucky. Trumbo -- died, at 9:30 Friday evening, July 26, 1912 at the family residence in Loami, after an illness of several months, Isaac H. Trumbo aged 82 years. The deceased was born March 13, 1830 and was the son of Adam Trumbo and Mildred Foster Trumbo, pioneer residents of Sangamon County, who resided at the time of Mr. Trumbo's birth on the Major Elijah Iles, now Tansey farm near the city. The deceased was the 11th child, and was the first child to be born in this state, all the other children being born in Kentucky. His parents came to this state and 1828 and move six miles southeast of the city to what is known as the Trumbo farm, Where the deceased was married on Dec. 25, 1854 to Miss Emma Bridges. Soon after their marriage they began housekeeping one mile north of Chatham, where they resided until 1891, when they moved to Loami the next year. The home of Isaac H. Trumbo was the home of many orphan children, among them Walter Bridges of Omaha Nebraska, John F. Trumbo of Bridger Montana, Mrs. R.L Leverton of this city and Miss Rose Southwick who is now deceased. [Donated by Steve Trumbo]

Robert Eugene Twyford
Robert Eugene Twyford, 85, of Chatham, died Saturday, June 25, 2011, at Memorial Medical Center, surrounded by his family, after a short battle with cancer. He was born Feb. 13, 1926, in Alexander, to Alonzo and Flossie (Dobbs) Twyford, who preceded him in death. He was a 1944 graduate of Ashland High School. Robert was a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during WWII where he was a part of the Occupation of Japan. He was a member of the Auburn Baptist Church, Chatham American Legion Post 759 and Sangamon County Farm Bureau. Robert married Anna M. Taylor on Sept. 3, 1955, in Jacksonville. He was a farmer for 61 years and farmed the last 51 years in the Chatham area, retiring after the fall 2010. Robert's occupation of farming was also his passion in life. He enjoyed country music, daily visits with the "Hardee's Gang", spending time with his grandchildren and talking. He is survived by his wife, Anna; daughters, Carolyn Twyford (Condit) (significant other, James Cissell) of Cincinnati, Kim (Tim) Brooks of Fort Myers, Fla., and Debbie (Steve) Copp of Glenarm; grandchildren, Megan Condit, Amanda, Josh and Jake Brooks and Taylor and Kendal Copp; sister, Grace Oxley of Jacksonville; and several nieces, nephew and cousins. His family will greet friends from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Staab Polk Memorial Home, 8855 State Route 4, Chatham. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Reverend Gerald Phillips, at Staab Polk Memorial Home, Chatham. Pallbearers include Tim, Josh and Jake Brooks, Steve and Kendal Copp and Russ Taylor. Honorary Pallbearers are Junior Workman and Jack Spradlin. Burial will follow at Chatham Memorial Cemetery with military honors.
[Jacksonville Journal Courier, Jacksonville, IL - Sub. by Ella Tittsworth]

Honorable Sharon Tyndale
Hon. Sharon Tyndale, ex secretary of state, was murdered near his residence, in Springfield, Ill., on Saturday morning, 29th ult. (Newton Weekly Press, Jasper Co, IL, May 5, 1871 - Donated by Kim T.)


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