Stark County Illinois Obituaries and Death Notices

Cynthia C. (Stone) Carpenter

Margaret (Frail) Carstairs

Walter Nolan Champion

Jane (McLean) Cinnamon

Mrs. Ed. (Corbin) Clark

Child of Elisha Clark

Pressley Colwell

Elizabeth Godfrey Cowperthwaite

Martha Cowperthwait

Nathan Monroe Cox

Susie Meriam Cox

Velona (Aten) Cromien

Cynthia C. (Stone) Carpenter

From the Stark County News

June 11, 1891

Cynthia C. Carpenter

CARPENTER--Cynthia C., at Galva, Sunday, June 7, 1891, of Bronchial consumption, aged 47 years, 6 months and 19 days.

Cynthia C. Stone was born November 18, 1843, in the town of Kent, Litchfield county, Conn., and came to Illinois with her parents, Daniel D. and Sarah L. Stone, October 21, 1855, and settled in Stark county, where the greater part of her life was spent. She was married to Orren Maxfield January 25, 1865. In a few short years his health failed and she was left with three small children to care for. She was married to John Carpenter January 12, 1888. Mr. Carpenter, with her son Edwin Maxfield, and her daughters, Katie Maxfield of Bloomington, and Mrs. Harry Alter, of Chicago, an aged mother and her sister, Mrs. Mason Stouffer, of Toulon, survive her.

The funeral services were held in the M. E. church at Galva Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock, the Rev. R. D. Russell, of Toulon, officiating. After the services in the church the body was brought to Toulon and laid in the cemetery here. Mrs. Carpenter united with the Baptist church about twenty years ago, during a revival held by Elder Welcher. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Margaret (Frail) Carstairs

Stark County News

May 30, 1945

Mrs. Margaret Carstairs

Funeral services for Mrs Margaret Frail Carstairs, 88, for 76 years a resident of the Toulon and Lafayette communities, were held at 2:30 Sunday afternoon at the Kidd Funeral Home in this City. Mrs Carstairs passed away at 5 o'clock Friday morning at the Mennonite Hospital in Bloomington where she had been a patient the past three weeks.

Rev. Ludwig Emigholz, pastor of Kewanee First Congregational Church, was in charge of the services and pallbearers were H.W. Rice, Rollin Rice, John Montgomery and Burt W. Eltzroth, of Toulon, and Elmer Damaske and Ellis Lindstrom, of Kewanee.

Interment was in the Lafayette cemetery.

Margaret, daughter of Barnabas and Jane Fairchild Frail, was born July 2, 1856, in Toulon, and was aged 88 years 10 months, and 23 days at the time of death.

She was married April 17, 1894, to David Carstairs and to this union were born two children, Katherin, now Mrs C.H. Adolph, of Normal and a son David. Both her husband and son preceded her in death.

With the exception of three years in Arizona and five years in Tacoma, Washington, Mrs Carstairs was a resident of Toulon and Lafayette communities for 76 years. In 1932 she went to make her home with her daughter, Mrs. Adolph, at Normal. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Walter Nolan Champion

The Bradford Republican

March 5, 1941

"Walter N. CHAMPION, a well and widely known farmer of this community, passed away at night, Wednesday, at his home ...thwest of town, his death being ..lm and unexpected, being attributed to a heart attack. Although Mr. CHAMPION's health had not been the best for the past two years he was able to be about the farm as usual until only a short time before his death.

"Walter Nolan CHAMPION was born May 15, 1876, and died Feb. 26, 1941, aged 64 years. He was married to Clara IMES on March 9, 1900, and to this union were born six children, two of whom passed away in infancy and one daughter, Verna GERARD, died about two years ago. Those left to mourn his death are his wife, two sons, Nolan and Forest, and one daughter, Eleanor STEPHENS, in addition to other relatives and a host of friends. Mr. CHAMPION had made this community his home his entire life and consequently was held in high esteem by all who knew him. He was a kind and considerate husband and father, a good neighbor and always honest in his dealings.

"Funeral services were held in the Marsh chapel Saturday afternoon, Rev. Alfred E. COLE, pastor of the Methodist church in charge. Burial was in the Bradford cemetery. Those from out of town who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. John MIELKEY and son, Earl, of Ottumwa, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. IMES, Mr. Thos. IMES, Mrs. Arthur STEIN of Peoria; Mr. and Mrs. Walter IMES, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford IMES, Mr. and Mrs. Arlie McKEEVER and family, Kewanee; Mr. and Mrs. Harry CRATER, Mrs. .... ADAMS, Mrs. Lawrence HOFFMAN of Chicago." - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Jane (McLean) Cinnamon

Stark County News

Aug. 30, 1888

Mrs. Jane Cinnamon

Died, at Rutland, Ill., Aug. 7, 1888 after a painful illness of five months, Mrs. Jane Cinnamon aged 55 years. Mrs. Cinnamon's maiden name was McLean, and she was for some years a resident of Kewanee. She was married to Robert Cinnamon of Saxon in 1864. In every relation of life she was diligent, kind and true, ever faithful as wife, mother, friend or neighbor. -Minonk News - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Mrs. Ed. (Corbin) Clark

Prominent Bradford Woman Died of Heart Attack

Mrs. Ed. Clark, prominent Bradford woman, died suddenly at her country home last Wednesday, a sudden attack of heart trouble being responsible for her death. She was 55 years of age.  Funeral services were held at Bradford in the Methodist church on Frday of last week, with the Rev. T. W. Thompson officiating. Interment was made in the Bradford cemetery with the Order of Eastern Star officiating at the burial rites. Following is an obitary sketch.

Mrs. Clark was born in the same house where she died, October 1, 1877. She was the daughter of the late B. F. and Elizabeth (Reid) Corbin, and was one of six children. Her parents and three of these children preceded her in death many years ago. Her grief-stricken husband, a sister, Mrs. S. E. Reid, of Bradford, and a brother, Mark A. Corbin of Artesia, New Mexico, realize keenly how great is their loss. One neice, Mrs. Caryl Hay, of Bradford, who first called her "Aunty Dot," and one nephew, Mark Corbin, Jr. will find it hard to go on without her.

The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Clark took place in Bradford, Decemer 30, 1903. After a few years they moved to this farm home, the house which "Dot" loved. Here they spent happy years and here she shared her happiness with others. While no children were bonr to Mr. and Mrs. Clark, their home was a place where many children spent happy hours, some now grown to men and women who recall these happy memories. Mrs. Clark's first church home was in Bradford. Later she transfered her membership to the Milo M. E. church. "Bradford Republican, (Month unknown), 1932"  

Child of Elisha Clark
The Bradford Independent, Bradford IL, September 3, 1885
Mr. and Mrs. Elisha Clark buried their youngest child Monday. It has been sick for several weeks.

Pressley Colwell
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, June 14, 1883
Pressley Colwell, an old resident of Stark County, died at Burlington Junction, Mo., on the 1st inst.

Elizabeth (Godfrey) Cowperthwaite

Mrs. Elizabeth Cowperthwaite

Died--At the home of her sister Mrs. Joseph Cowperthwaite, in Iowa City, Iowa, July 26, Mrs. Elizabeth Cowperthwaite, aged 71 years. Elizabeth Godfrey was born in Cape May Co., New Jersey, June 3rd 1817. She came with her family to Toulon in 1848, where she had since made her home until one year ago. She was married to Stacy Cowperthwaite in 1882 and eighteen months after was left a widow. She was seized with heart trouble during the holidays last winter and suffered a great deal until released by death; she had been a consistent member of the Baptist church for more than fifty years, and during her long sickness felt the truth of the promise "underneath are the everlasting arms." Mrs. Joseph Cowperthwaite, her son, Dr. Allen Cowperthwaite and Mr. and Mrs. H. Y. Godfrey accompanied the remains to Toulon to be buried in our cemetery. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Martha Cowperthwait

Stark County News

July 26, 1878

Died, at her mother's residence, Peoria, Miss Martha C. Cowperthwaite, at 3:30 p.m., on Friday, July 19, 1878. Funeral last Monday afternoon. She had many friends in Toulon as well as in Peoria. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Nathan Monroe Cox

COX- Died, at his residence in Essex township, Stark county, Illinois, on January 6, 1899, Nathan Monroe Cox, aged nearly fifty-seven years.

Monroe Cox (as we always called him) was born near the farm where he died, on the 17th day of January, 1842, and would have reached his fiftyseven year on the 17th of this month. He was the oldest son of Joseph and Catharine Edwards Cox; who came to this state at an early date, and were among the first settlers in Stark county. On the 10th day of July, 1868, he was united in marriage with Miss Martha Madeline Graves, daughter of William and Ann Graves. Six children were born to them, five daughters and one son, all of whom, with the widowed mother, survive him. Mr. Cox had suffered more or less for a number of years with hernial troubles, but nothing serious ever resulted therefrom, until a short time ago, when he met with an accident by slipping on an icy place, which caused serious disturbance that finally developed into a severe case of peritonitis and hastened him on to a premature death. He was perfectly conscious during his entire sickness, and at last, when it was evident that he must die, he called his family around him, explained the status of his business affairs to his wife, gave words of parting counsel and advice to them all, and bade each one a final farewell. So conscious was he of the rectitude of his life, he went down to his death like a hero; and with a resignation, born of good deeds, yielded to nature's demand without a murmur. He was a gentleman by nature, strictly honest and upright in his dealings, and always looked to the comfort of others as much or more than to himself. There was nothing irritating, disagreeable or unkind in his makeup; on the contrary, he always had a kind word and cordial greeting for every one, and many a man has gone quite a distance out of his way to exchange social courtesies with him. When we took him by the hand, we knew it to be the hand of true friendship, honest, sincere, prompted in all its movements by a kindly purpose; with him, it was not a mere cold formality that was fair to the face but false to the heart--it represented perfect sincerity. We can safely write him down as one who loved his fellow man, and as one who observed the golden rule to the best of his knowledge and understanding. In business matters, he measured each transaction by the standard of justice, and was as firm as adamant in the support of that which he believed to be right. His Christianity was widened by the uprightness of his daily life, by acts and deeds. He was endowed with strong parental affection, and the success of his children was the earnest desire of his heart; it was his great ambition to have them become honorable and useful members of society, and to do well their part toward higher and better conditions. He was public spirited, generous, enterprising, and thrifty in the accumulation of property. His home and farm bore evidence of his care and industry. He was one whom our community could illy afford to spare. We needed his example as an encouragement to others. But as "one by one the leaves of autumn fall," so one by one do those whom we most love and esteem fall by the wayside and bid adieu to all we know of earthly life.

The funeral was held at the residence of the deceased on Monday forenoon, January 9, Rev. D. G. Stouffer, assisted by Rev. Haverfield, conduction the services. Rev. Stouffer preached a very tender, consoling sermon. H. A. Hammond and wife, R. J. Teeter, Mamie Gray and Nellie Klock furnished very sweet and appropriate music. The friends from miles around turned out in large numbers to pay the last tribute of respect to the memory of the departed. A procession a mile in length in carriages followed the remains to the Sheets cemetery, where all that is mortal of our friend and brother was laid away to rest.

A.G.H. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Susie Meriam Cox

Stark County News

March 14, 1873


Susie Meriam Cox, aged three years two months twenty days, daughter of Elijah and Eliza Cox, formerly of Stark county, Ill.; died after a short sickness of congestion of the brain, in her prairie home, three miles East of Shenandoah, Page county, Iowa.

Out on a wild western prairie lived our little Susie, the light and joy of the home to which God had sent her. Our bright blue eyed little rose bud grew and flourished gladdening the hearts of all who knew her by her merry genial disposition, and day by day her loving ways entwining around our hearts closer and closer the chords of love that drew her to us. It was touching to see with what devotion our darling watched over her baby brother, as soon as he could run and get into mischief, grieving over him when he would go into forbidden ways, and many times upon failing to persuade him from what she thought wrong would come to her Mamma with tears in her beautiful eyes, because "baby brother" would not mind. Only a few days before she left us, she had her little charge placed in her little wagon and tenderly cared for him while she drew him around the yard. She was passionately fond of babies, and seemed never so contented as when visiting at the home of one of those wee morsels of love. But one day an unexpected and unwelcome messenger reached this home on the prairie and carried to a fairer home our little Susie, away from loving arms, away from warm hearts, away from those who had so dearly cherished her, from those who fain would have cared for her through life, and guarded her from all care; but the Angel would not be refused, for God wanted our loved one to gladden the home above, where sickness is never known and where no tears dim the eyes. Our prairie flower was wanted in Heaven. So one holy Sabbath in the cold winter, we laid our darling to rest, with her dear little hands folded upon her bosom. The rose bud they clasped was a fit emblem of our own fair blossom. With the smooth brown hair parted away from the marble brow, and the loving eyes closed forever upon earth, we laid the body of our precious one to rest in the cold ground, while the pure loving spirit went with the waiting Angel.

Joyous as the day

Fair of form and feature,

Happy blithe and gay,

Musics rippling sweetness

Laugh and careless song,

From her hearts repleteness

Ever flowed along,

Few the starry souvenirs

O'er her path was shown,

E're the Angel called her

To the fair unknown.

Velona (Aten) Cromien
The Stark County News, Wednesday, 13 May 1931
Mrs. Velona Cromien laid To Rest Today
Following a comparitively brief illness, Mrs. Velona Cromien, one of West Jersey township's oldest and most respected citizens passed away at her home two miles west and two miles north of the village of West Jersey Sunday evening. Mrs. Cromien was aged 85 years and practically all of her life had been spent in Stark County.
Funeral services were held this Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Methodist church in West Jersey, Reverend Thomas Spencer, the pastor, being in charge.
Interment was in the West Jersey cemetery.
Velona Aten, youngest daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Aten was born 31 March 1846 at Smithfield, Fulton county, Illinois, and passed away at her home northwest of West Jersey 10 May 1931 at the age of 85 years, 1 month and 10 days. When she was about a year old, her father passed away and the family moved to Stark county where she grew to womanhood.
In 1867 she was united in marriage to Phillip Cromien, veteran of the Civil War. During the war, Mr. Cromien was a prisoner of the Confederate forces and was held in Andersonville prison. Mr. Cromien passed away 9 February 1879.
The following children survive: Mrs. Tom Connelly, Mrs. Homer Webster, John, Charles and Clyde Cromien, all of the West Jersey community. She also leaves eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and one half sister, Mrs. Emma Jones, of LaFayette. One sister, one brother, three half-brothers and one half-sister preceded her in death. [Submitted by Sara Hemp]

The Stark County News, Wednesday, 20 May 1931
Services Held For Mrs. V. Cromien, 85
Funeral services for Mrs. Velona Cromien were held last Wednesday afternoon from the West Jersey Methodist Episcopal church, Reverend Thomas A. Spencer in charge. Mrs. Cromien was aged 85 years and passed away 10 May, after a comparitively short illness.
Service of song was given by Mrs. J. H. Beamer and son Phillip, who sang "Nearer My God To Thee, " "Abide With Me," and" Jesus, Lover of My Soul." They were accompanied at the piano by Mrs. J. C. Bodine.
Pallbearers were Frank Bryan, B. A. Fox, Ralph Beamer, Henry Swank, S. J. Newman and Hayes Harmon.
Velona Aten was born 3 March 1846 near Smithfield, in Fulton county, Illinois. She was the youngest of three children and the last to survive. Shortly after her father's death when she was only one year of age, her mother moved with the family to West Jersey township.
In 1867 she was united in marriage to Phillip Cromien, a soldier who fought under Grant in the Civil War. She was left a widow in 1879 with three sons and two daughters. They are Mrs. Tom Connelly, Mrs. Homer Webster, and John, Charles, and Clyde, all of whom live in the West Jersey vicinity. A nephew, Milford Aten, made his home with the family for many years.
There are also eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives who survive, and one half-sister, Mrs. Ella Jones of LaFayette. [Submitted by Sara Hemp]

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