Stark County Illinois Obituaries and Death Notices

Adams, Charlotte (Blanchard)

Adams, Jennie C.

Adams, John

Alderman, Joicey (Graves) Colwell

Alderman, Michael L.

Allen, Phillip

Allison, Christopher

Allison, Emma Belle

Allison, John W.

Alvarado, Frances

Armstrong, Mrs. Jane

Aten , Aaron Kimble

Avery, Cyrus

Humphrey Avery

Charlotte (Blanchard) Adams

Obituary of Mrs. Charlotte Adams - (Mother of Daniel Sewell Adams)

Died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Hattie Earley, in Wethersfield, Illinois, Tuesday evening, November 28, Mrs. Charlotte Adams, aged 89 years, 3 months and 3 days. The deceased, the daughter of Joseph and Eunice Blanchard, was born on Long Island, near Portland, Maine, August 25, 1810. She was united in marriage to Asa Pratt, October 29, 1829. One year later she was left a widow. On May 6, 1837, she was married to John Adams, with whom she lived until his death January 20, 1879. She came with her family to Illinois, settling in Stark County in 1853 where she lived up until a few weeks before her death. She was the mother of seven children, three of whom are dead - Adelaide, Elizabeth and Mary (Mrs. Fuller), and four survive her - Mrs. Hannah Adams of Portland, Maine; Daniel of Corvallis, Oregon; Asa P. of Elmira, and Mrs. Hattie Earley of Wethersfield. By the death of Mr. Pratt she became a widow of the War of 1812. She was converted at the age of 16 and united with the Congregational Church. For many years, however, she had been a most worthy member of the Elmira Presbyterian church. Mrs. Adams was a deeply religious woman. Her religion was a matter of daily enjoyment. The Bible was the one book she read, and with it and hymns of faith and hope her mind was stored. Indeed she had a phenomenal memory for scripture. She was possessed of a vigorous constitution and enjoyed good health until about a year or so ago. Her physical powers had gradually been failing, and death was but the slip that tired out Nature demanded. She slept peacefully away at last at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Earley. The funeral services were conducted in the Presbyterian church at Elmira by her pastor, Mr. Clarke, and the remains laid away in the cemetery close by on Friday, December 1 (1899). From: "Darrow K Little" <>

Jennie C. Adams

Henry Republican, April 29, 1880

Died at Castleton, April 4, Jennie C., 4 years 6 days, daughter of Robert A. and Mary E. Adams

Castleton - Robert Adams buried their little girl last week, aged 4 years; she had been afflicted with the measles for some time, and before she had fully recovered she took the whooping cough which caused death in a short time. Their two little boys are very sick with the same disease. - Contributed by Nancy Piper

John Adams

From: "Darrow K Little" <>

Obituary of John Adams

(Father of Daniel Sewell Adams)

John Adams, one of the oldest men in the county, died in Elmira, Monday, January 20, 1879, in his 85th year. He was born in Falmouth, Cumberland County, Maine, in 1794. Was a soldier in the War of 1812 in Captain Knight's Company - drafted for the defense of Portland against the British. Moved to Illinois in November 1853. His father's name was Israel Adams, died in Freeport; was a soldier in the French War and was with Arnold in his expedition against Quebec. His grandfather, Moses Adams, was a son of one of the two Adamses who came over in the Mayflower.

Joicey (Graves) Colwell Alderman

Joicey Graves, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Freeman) Graves, was born February 22, 1834, in Ross county, Ohio.

When seven years old she came to Stark county, Illinois. This journey was made overland in wagons. Here she lived until a few years ago when she moved with her son Charles and family to Albion, Iowa.

She was united in marriage to Thomas Colwell, July 4, 1851. To this union were born three children: Adolphus, of Kewanee, Ill.; Malissa, of Toulon, Ill.; and Pressly, of Westboro, MO. Her husband enlisted in the army, where he passed away in Lexington, Ky.

On July 4, 1861, she was united in marriage to Michael L. Alderman. To them were born three daughters and two sons: Mrs. Ella B. Jones, of Ontarios, Cal.; Charles J. of Albion, Ia.; Mrs. Nora Finley, of Toulon, Illinois; Mrs. Emma M. Bell, of Brimfield, Ill.; and Ralph E. who died in childhood. Mr. Alderman passed away in 1902.

She was the youngest of a family of twelve, nine sons and three daughters, all of whom have preceded her to the land beyond.

She had been in comparative good health until the past few days when she had at attack of grippe. She passed away Sunday, April 9, 1916.

The body was brought to Toulon to the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Atherton last Monday. The funeral service was held Tuesday at 10:30 A.M. from the Methodist church, conducted by the pastor, assisted by Rev. Colby of the Baptist church. Interment was made in Toulon cemetery.

The pall bearers were all nephews, as follows: Noah Winn, Ben Graves, James Graves, Romeo Graves, Oscar Graves, Quincy Graves.

Those from a distance who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Alderman, of Albion, Iowa; Mrs. O.J. Alderman, Mrs. M.B. Alderman, of Galva; Adolphus Colwell and daughter Lucy, of Kewanee; Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Saunders, of Rock Island; Mrs. D. G. Evans, of Peoria; Mr. and Mrs. William Bell, of Brimfield; and many relatives from Wyoming, Duncan, and other nearby points. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Michael L. Alderman

Michael L. Alderman was born in Erie, PA January 27, 1836. His first work was to ride a horse on the towpath of the canal for the boat of which his elder brother was captain. In 1846, when he was ten years old, the family removed to Illinois, coming thru by wagon. They made their first western home in Knoxville, and there the brothers and sisters went to school, and there Michael remained until he was of age. In 1857 he came to Stark county and found employment with Sewell Smith in Essex township, west of the present village of Stark. Afterwards, for two or three years, he engaged with other farmers in the township.

July 4, 1861, he was married in Toulon, by Rev. James Bates, to Miss Joicey E. Graves, of Essex. They made their home in the same neighborhood, near Cox's mill, and in that vicinity they continued to reside for 27 years.

In 1862 he enlisted in Company E., 112th Illinois Infantry, and served until his health gave way and he was discharged for physical disability.

He had also five brothers in the war. One of them, Lafayette Alderman, was killed at the battle of Stone River.

In 1889 Mr. Alderman removed to Toulon, where his home has been ever since. About seven years ago he believed he experienced a change of heart, and had a hope in Christ, and he continued to hold fast to the same hope to the day of his death, but from various circumstances he never made a public profession of his faith.

This summer his health became so poor that he ceased active work, yet most of the time he was around as usual. His last sickness continued but four days. He died at half past two in the morning, October 16, 1902, aged 66 years, 8 months and 19 days.

Besides one son, Ralph E., who died in childhood, he leaves a wife and a family of four children, vis., Mrs. Ella B. Jones of Mankato, Minn., and Charles J. Alderman, Mrs. Nora D. Finley, and Mrs. Emma May Cree, of Toulon. Of his father's family of nine there are not five survivors, Mrs. Phosey Thompson, of Sterling, Kansas; Mrs. Calista Case, of Oklahoma; O. J. Alderman and James K. Alderman, both of Galva, Illinois, and Gilderoy Alderman, of Kansas.

Another precious human life has closed its earthly record. How good it is to know for what we are here and how to make the most of this life for the long future that is before us. Farewell father, friends, neighbor! Farewell, "until the daybreak, and the shadows flee away."

The funeral services were conducted from the house by Rev. E. W. Hicks. The G.A.R. Post took part in the services and followed their comrade to his last resting place in the Toulon cemetery. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Phillip Allen

TOULON -- Phillip L. Allen, 75, of rural Clinton, died at 1:15 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, 2002, at Kewanee Hospital.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at DeBolt-Kidd Funeral Home, Toulon. The Rev. Al Harmon will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at DeBolt-Kidd Funeral Home, Toulon, with a Masonic service at 8 p.m. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee. Memorials may be made to his church, American Diabetes Association or Abilities Plus in Kewanee.

Born Jan. 20, 1927, in West Jersey Township, the son of George and E. Lucile Addis Allen, he married Geraldine Corwin Sept. 4, 1953, in Kewanee.

She survives, as well as a son, Randall (Glenda) Allen of Kewanee; and a sister, Mary (Jesse) Bryan of Toulon. His parents and two brothers preceded him in death.

He was a United States Navy veteran, serving from 1946 to 1948. He was a farmer and trucker in the Toulon area for many years. He was a member of the Toulon Masonic Lodge; Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Peoria; the Mohammed Temple Shrine and the First Baptist Church of Toulon. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Christopher Columbus Allison

unidentified Newspapers

Christopher Columbus Allison

C.C. ALLISON, 86, a resident of Oswego for the past 10 years, died at his home here last Saturday morning, February 15. He had been in failing health for some time.

Christopher Columbus ALLISON was born near Springfield, Illinois, January 6, 1855. For a time his family lived in Abraham LINCOLN's neighborhood and when LINCOLN was assassinated, Mr. ALLISON was one of a huge throng which attended the funeral at Springfield.

On October 25, 1890, he married Lily BOSLEY at Girard, Kansas. The couple lived in several towns in Southeastern Kansas before they located in Oswego in 1930.

Surviving are the widow, three daughters, Mrs. William SWANK, Ft. Scott; Mrs. Harry DAVOLT, Oswego; and Mrs. Terry MISNER, Redfield, Kansas, and one son, Raymond ALLISON of Hiattville, Kansas; one brother, J.W. ALLISON, Girard, and a half-brother, Pardon BROWN, of Scammon, Kansas.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at two o'clock at the Holiness church, conducted by the Rev. Elda SMITH. A quartet composed of Mr. and Mrs. Michah MOON, Miss Amoth LANDES and Virgil MOON, accompanied by Mrs. Ralph BELL, sang 'Going Down the Valley,' 'Story Will Never Grow Old' and 'It Will Not Always Be So.'

Pall bearers were Warren DAVOLT, Ellsworth DAVOLT, Roy FOUTS, Tom HUGHES, Emmett HOWARD and Dave HACKNEY. Burial was in the Hosea Hill cemetery at Weir City, under the direction of the Dale Funeral Home of this city.

The second obituary, presumably in the Oswego newspaper, contains some additional information, and is added to this record in full partly to show how spellings differ from one newspaper to another when information is not gathered carefully:

Christopher Columbus ALLISON, one of Oswego's aged residents, died at his home in this city Saturday morning, Feb. 15, 1941, at 10:54 o'clock after an extended illness of about three years. He had been bedfast since last August. He was aged 86 years, 1 month and 9 days.

Mr. ALLISON was born at Springfield, Ill., Jan. 6, 1855, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph ALLISON. He was married Oct. 15, 1890, to Miss Lillie BOSLEY, who survives him. He and his family came to Oswego ten years ago from Scammon.

He is survived by four children, Mrs. William SWANK, Fort Scott; Mrs. Terry FOSNER, Redfield, Kans.; Mrs. Harry DAVOLT, Oswego and Raymond ALLISON, Hiattville, Kans.; one brother, J.W. ALLISON, Girard, and a half brother, Pardon BROWN, McCune.

The funeral was held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Holiness Church, conducted by the paster, Rev. Eldie SMITH. The body was taken to Weir City and burial was made in Hosea Hill cemetery under the direction of Dale Funeral Home.

A quartet composed of Mickie and Virgil MOON, Amatha LANDERS and Mrs. Ralph BELL, accompanied at the piano, sang 'Going Down the Valley, The Story Will Never Grow Old and It Will Not Always Be So.'

The pallbearers were Warren DAVOLT, Elsworth DAVOLT, Tom HUGHES, Emmett HOWARD, Roy FOUTS and Dave HACKNEY." - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Emma Belle (Marker) Allison

October 11, 1934

Girard, Kansas, Press

Emma Belle Allison

Mrs. Emma B. ALLISON, 70, died at her home, 215 W. Prairie Ave., early last Monday morning.

Mrs. ALLISON was born at Adel, Ia., Feb. 18, 1864. She came to this county when she was a young girl. She married J.W. ALLISON 54 years ago. They lived on a farm southwest of Girard for many years, but moved into town 26 years ago.

She is survived by her husband, three daughters, Mrs. L.H. THURSTON and Mrs. Albert McCLELLAN of Girard; and Mrs. C.F. TANNEHILL of Maize, Kans.; two sons, G.P. ALLISON of Haven, Kans.; and R.E. ALLISON of Pittsburg; a sister, Mrs. J.F. EVANS of Girard; and a brother, F.D. MARKER of Parsons.

Mrs. ALLISON was a member of the Methodist church.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, with Rev. E.S. HUGHES in charge. Burial was in the Girard cemetery.

Pall bearers were selected from the American Legion post and were Lester McFARLAND, Robert FOX, Chester EDMONDSON, Ralph BORTZ, Louis SCHNEIDER and Cliff EVERITT.

Honorary pall bearers from the Legion Auxiliary were Mesdames SOURDRY, BRISBIN, McAHRON, HYNDMAN, COULTER and SCHNEIDER. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

John W. Allison

February 8, 1907, Illinois State Journal

ALLISON - The remains of John W. ALLISON, who died in LaMoore, N.D., arrived in the city yesterday afternoon and were taken to the undertaking establishment of Kirlin & Egan. The funeral will be held at 10 o'clock Saturday morning at the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Rev. Father HICKEY will officiate. The interment will be made in Calvary cemetery. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Frances Alvarado

Mrs. Frances Alvarado, 63, of 5112 N. Fairmont, Davenport, died Monday at Moline Luthern Hospital.

Funeral Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Trimble Funeral Home, Moline. The Rev. Dr. Stanley Johnson will officiate, and burial will be in Toulon Cemetery, Toulon, Illinois.

Visitation is 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation.

The former Frances Watson was born November 24, 1919, in Toulon. She married Lupe A. Alvarado on April 10, 1948, in Peoria.

She was a member of the Auxiliary to Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 8890, East Moline.

Surviving are her husband; two daughters, Marianne Alvarado- of Davenport, and Pat Hendrickson of Chilicothi, Mo.; Three sons, Michael of Davenport, Larry Hendrickson of Omaha, Nebraska, and Lanny Hendrickson of Dawn, Mo.; seven grandchildren; a great-grandchild; her mother, Mrs. Nellis Watson of Kewanee; and a brother, M.D. Watson of Kewanee - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Jane (Williams) Armstrong

At Rest

The following obituary of an early pioneer of Stark county is reprinted from the Wyoming Post Herald. Mrs. and Mrs. W. B. Armstrong made their home in Toulon for a short time in the early fifties.

The obituary follows:

After lingering only one short week in severe sickness caused from LaGrippe and hastened by old age, Mrs. Jane Armstrong (nee Williams) died at her home in Wyoming, Illinois, January 17, 1899, aged 87 years, 11 months, 2 days.

She was born in Greenbrier county, Virginia, February 15, 1811. She moved with her parents to Gallia county, Ohio, September 29, 1831. Capt. Armstrong preceded his wife to the better world just five months and twelve days.

To this aged couple was born ten children, six of whom are now living; fifteen grand children and three great grand children being left to mourn her loss. She united with the M. E. church when but fourteen years of age and lived and died a consistent member of that church. They moved to Wyoming, Illinois, in 1854, and have lived the most of the remaining years in this place.

She was always a loving mother, always ready to advise her children to do what was right at all times and always shun that which was wrong. She was always ready to sacrifice anything she could for their welfare, and if they all follow her advice they will all be reunited again an unbroken family.

After her husband left her she was always restless, wanting to go home. If it had not been for her little granddaughter, Altha Cox, whom she almost worshipped, time would have almost been a burden to her, but little Altha helped her pass many a lonely hour away. But now we know she is at rest at home.

'She was buried from the M. E. church. The services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. J. G. Blair. Her remains were taken to the Wyoming cemetery and placed beside her husband. A large company of the older citizens attended her funeral.

The choir consisted of R. J. Teeter, Mrs. W. Hartz, Miss S. E. Hartz and Mrs. E. Gray." - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Andrew Arnold

The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.), December 28, 1906

Andrew Arnold, who was injured a couple of weeks ago by a horse falling upon him, died at his home west of Inavale Monday morning. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the home, conducted by Rev. Williams, pastor of the M.E. church at Riverton. Andrew Arnold was born at Toulon, Stark county, Illinois, May 28, 1857.  He came to Nebraska in 1879, and on December 18, 1883, was married to Ada Goff, in Gage county, Nebraska.  He was the father of six children, four boys and two girls, two of his children having already passed to the great beyond.  When Mr. Arnold came to Webster county, he purchased the old W. N. Richardson ranch near Inavale and was one of the wealthiest and most successful farmers and stock raisers in the western part of the county.  He was a Mason and quite a number of the members of that order from Red Cloud and vicinity attended the funeral.

Aaron Kimble Aten

Birth: 18 Feb 1812, Pennsylvania;

Death: 9 Sep 1901, Clay Township, Wayne County, Iowa;

son of Cornelius and Sarah Bell Aten

Allerton News:

Mr. Aaron Aten, an aged and respectable citizen of Wayne county, breathed his last at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Moody Robinson, in the northwest part of Clay township on Monday 9 September after a long illness of a dropsical nature. He had reached a ripe old age, having passed his 89th birthday in February last.

Deceased was born in Pennsylvania and lived in Ohio and Illinois before moving to Iowa, settling on a farm near Garden Grove in 1871. His companion with whom he lived nearly sixty years died about 8 years previously. They had thirteen children, eight still living. Five of them were present at the funeral, Mssrs, J. W., T. G. and A. K. Aten and Mrs. Moody Robinson and Mrs. W. S. Rilea. Three of the children, William and E. D. Aten and Mrs. John Robinson, whose homes are in Illinois, were not present. Burial was by the side of his wife in the cemetery at Garden Grove on Wednesday 11 September.

Mrs. Edith Auble
Chronicle Telegram, The (Elyria, Ohio) November 11, 1937
Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Auble, Jr., of Toulon, Illinois, were called here the past week by the serious condition and death of their mother, Mrs. Edith Auble. Mr. and Mrs. Auble left Sunday morning for their home in Illinois.

Cyrus Avery

Cyrus Avery, an early settler of Stark county and for many years a resident of Bradford, died at his home in Kewanee Saturday. September 11, 1890 (Reprinted September 11, 1940 Bradford Republican) - Contributed by Nancy Piper

Humphrey Avery

The Wichita daily eagle. (Wichita, Kan.), July 07, 1896, Page 5
Humphrey Avery was born July 4, 1825 in Falls township, Wyoming county, Pennsylvania, died July 1, 1896 at his home at 741 Pattle avenue, Wichita, Kan., aged 70 years, 11 months and 27 days. The funeral was preached by Rev. W. V. Burns of Wichita at the Seltzer church on July 3, at 11 a.m. and the remains were intered in the Seltzer cemetery.
Mr. Avery moved to Stark county, Illinois in 1850 and removed to Kansas in February, 1892. He was married to Miss Emma J. Davison of Stark county, Illinois, August 8, 1858. To them were born seven children. Three sons and two daughters, who with the widow are left to mourn his loss. Mr. Avery was taken seriously ill about the 1st of April with valoular heart trouble, and was a great sufferer. During his illness he was very patient. He realized and spoke of it at different times, that he could not live but a very short time. He felt his need of a Savior and accepted him and threw himself on His mercy and said that he felt that he was saved and died happy in the belief that Jesus could save, even at the eleventh hour.

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