Stark County Illinois  History and Genealogy
Obituaries and Death Notices


Mrs. Harriet A. (Lamb) Nelson

Unknown Source, March 1897

Miss Harriet A. Lamb was born at West Paulet, Vermont, in March, 1843. When she was two years of age, her parents removed to Fort Ann, New York, at which place she grew to womanhood, and became acquainted in school and social life, with William B. Nelson, whom she married on January 21, 1864. With her husband, Mrs. Nelson came West, March 17, 1865, and settled in the City of Chicago, and after remaining there for a short time they moved to Waukegan, where they resided for two years. At the close of this period, they again returned to Chicago, and from thence in 1874 came to Toulon, where they have since lived.

Mrs. Nelson was converted to God while a resident of Waukegan, in 1866, and the united testimony of those who knew her best is, that she maintained a most beautiful Christian character during the remaining part of her life. The heart of Mrs. Nelson was such that "her husband could safely trust in her," and her home was ever tidy and beautiful and to her the dearest spot on earth. Some of those who are today the strongest support of the cause of Christ in this village attribute much of their strength to her admonition and instruction.

Mrs. Nelson was of a family of seven children, six daughters and one son, all of whom with the mother survive her departure to the better land. The health of this truly good woman began to fail in 1886, at which time she went East to assist in closing the eyes of the dear father, who was then passing to the other life. She came home practically an invalid and so remained until her death, which occurred suddenly, Tuesday morning, March 2, 1897, in the 54th year of her age. Mr. Nelson has the sympathy of scores of friends in his sad bereavement. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Mrs. Carrie Nelligan

August 20, 1919

NELLIGAN -- A. M. Mutchmore received the sad intelligence by telegram on Tuesday that his eldest daughter, Mrs. Carrie Nelligan had died on Monday, at her home in Orleans, Nebraska. August 20, 1919 (Reprinted August 16, 1939 Bradford Republican) - Contributed by Nancy Piper

David Newmeyer

The Courier (Connellsville, Pennsylvania)

April 13, 1905

David Newmyer

Died near Toulon, Illinois on April the Second

David Newmyer, son of Jacob and Anna Newmyer, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Anna Callison, near Toulon, Ill., April 2. He was born in Lower Tyrone township, September 20, 1811, and was the eldest of a family of nine children. One sister, Mrs. Clarissa McCormick, of Connellsville, now 78 years old is the only remaining one of that family, of which she was the youngest. In October 1843, David Newmyer married Miss Rachael Hubbs, who died January 13, 1856. Five children, Sue H., Anna, William C., Samuel B. and Sarah Virginia, were born to them of these Miss Sue Newmyer, Mrs. Anna Callison and Samuel Newmyer of Guide Book, Neb., survive.

After the death of his wife he made numerous trips West and finally settled in Toulon, his family joining him in 1867. He was a member of the Christian Church, having joined it when about 20 years of age. The services were then held in the old Shallenberger house on the South Side which was torn down about a year ago.

Elbert Newton

"Funeral services for Elbert P. NEWTON, 66, life long resident of Stark county and the Modena community, were held Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 from the Snareville M.P. church, Rev. Frank G. PRATT of Elmira Federated church and Rev. L.M. HOVDA, pastor of Castleton and Snareville M.P. churches, were in charge. Interment was in Snareville cemetery.

"Song service was given by a male quartet composed of Ross STEWARD, Harry THURSTON, Wilbur DOWNING and Walter HARTZ, accompanied by Mrs. Ross STEWARD. Selections were 'Beautiful Isle of Somewhere,' 'Remember Me, O Mighty One' and 'When the Roll is Called Up Yonder.'

"Body bearers were Oscar LEADLEY, Ralph WEBBER, Harry MORSE, Donald LEADLEY and Frank HANCHETT.

"Mr. NEWTON passed away at his farm home one mile north of Modena shortly after midnight Saturday. He had been ill for several months, and his condition was regarded as serious for two weeks before his death.

"Elbert P. NEWTON was born July 4, 1867, at Modena, the son of Benjamin and Susan NEWTON. January 6, 1934, he passed away at his farm home one mile north of Modena, being aged 66 years, six months and two days.

"He was married May 16, 1894, to Miss Anna MORSE, at her home near Wyoming, and to this union, seven children were born.

"Surviving are the widow, three daughters: Mrs. Ilda LEADLEY, Wyoming, Mrs. Vera PETTIT, Castleton, and Mrs. Bernice WHTTAKER, Wyoming; three sons, Glenn of Bradford, Harold of Elmira and Gene at home; two sisters, Mrs. Laura HARRIS of Bradford and Mrs. Mary HANCHETT of Wyoming; two brothers, Frank of Jefferson, Iowa, and Fred, of Eldredge, Illinois. One son, Guy, died in England during the World's War." - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Frank A. Newton

Funeral services for Frank A. NEWTON, a former resident of the Snareville community, were held last Wednesday afternoon at the home of his sister, Mrs. Lora HARRIS, of Bradford. Interment was in Snareville cemetery. Frank A. NEWTON, oldest son of Benjamin A. and Susan NEWTON, was born in Stark County August 31, 1857, and died at his home in Jefferson, Iowa, February 9, 1935, at the age of 77 years, five months and nine days.

First half of his life was spent in Stark County. He was united in marriage to Etta M. FULLER December 23, 1882. In March, 1896, he went to Green county, Iowa, and engaged in farming in Jackson township where the NEWTON family continued to make their home until they moved to Jefferson 15 years ago.

Mr. NEWTON took an active part in the public and civic affairs of his community, serving as township assessor in Jackson township and as a member and chairman of the board of supervisors of Greene county. The years of his service on the county board of supervisors marked one of the most progressive periods in the history of that county. Numerous drainage districts were constructed, which made possible the cultivation of thousands of acres of rich, fertile soil. He was chairman during the building of the present courthouse, which will serve the citizens of Greene county for many years.

Besides leaving his widow, Etta M. NEWTON, he leaves one brother, Fred NEWTON of Eldred, Illinois, and two sisters, Mrs. Lora HARRIS and Mrs. Mary HANCHETT, of Bradford, together with numerous other relatives. Two brothers, Elbert and Smith NEWTON, and his sister, Mrs. Eliza MOFFITT, have preceded him in death. Mr. NEWTON was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church of Jefferson. This couple had no children. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Fred B. Newton

Fred B. NEWTON, son of the late Benjamin and Susan NEWTON, was born in Stark county on July 25, 1871, and passed away April 26, 1940, aged 68 years, nine months and one day. He lived in this community for forty-six years, moving to Eldred, Illinois, about twenty-two years ago, and has lived at that place ever since.

On February 6, 1895, he was united in marriage to Lula J. PERKINS, and to this union twelve children were born, one of whom, Donald, died in infancy. Those left to mourn their father's departure are:

Lawrence NEWTON, Ross NEWTON, Clifford NEWTON, Mrs. Elsie CHAPMAN, Miss Darlene NEWTON, Eldred, Ill.; Mrs. Irma SNYDER, Princeton, Ill.; Ray NEWTON, Henry, Ill.; Mrs. Ila COX, Mrs. Verna LONGMAN, Mrs. Nellie McFARLAND, Wood River, Illinois.

He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Lora HARRIS and Mrs. Mary HANCHETT of Bradford, and by twenty grandchildren. His father, mother, three brothers and one sister preceded him in death."

Fred (1871-1940) and Lulu J. NEWTON (1877-1933) are buried in Bradford Cemetery, Stark County, Illinois.

Fred NEWTON's obituary in the May 1, 1940, Bradford Republican, reads as follows:

Fred B. NEWTON of Eldred, Illinois, a former well known resident of this community, passed away Friday at his home in Eldred, and the body was brought to Bradford for burial, which was held at the Methodist church Monday morning at 10 o'clock. Services were in charge of Rev. Stanley WARD, pastor. Burial was in the Bradford cemetery. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Lula (Perkins) Newton

Bradford Republican, Sep 6, 1933

Lula (PERKINS) NEWTON, daughter of the late Charles and Josephine PERKINS, whose death was mentioned in the Republican last week, was born in Stark county, Illinois, on Nov. 4, 1877, and passed away at her home in Eldred, Illinois, on Tuesday, August 29, 1933, aged 55 years, nine months and 24 days.

On Feb. 6, 1895, she was united in marriage to Fred NEWTON of this place, and they became the parents of the following children: Lawrence NEWTON, Eldred, Ill.; Irma SNYDER, Henry, Illinois; Islah COX, Woodriver, Ill.; Verna LONGMAN, Woodriver, Ill., Ross NEWTON, Eldred , Ill.; Nellie McFARLAND, Woodriver, Ill.; Elsie CHAPMAN, Eldred, Ill.; Clifford, Otto and Darlene, all of the home.

Mrs. NEWTON lived in the vicinity of Bradford practically all her life. Several years ago the family moved to Eldred, Ill., and that place since has been their home. She lived a Christian life and was particularly thoughtful of the spiritual need of old and young people. Her own children and husband ever found in her a loving and devoted guide and counselor, and many others in this community can testify to the sincerity of her Christian interest in them.

As a neighbor and friend, she was loyal in every way, and she always could be counted among those found faithful in every time of need. She loved to serve and did so to the very limit of her health and strength.

The malady which finally resulted in her death had its beginning about 3 years ago and since that time she has been more than a patient sufferer, but the angel touched her brow about 5:30, August 29, 1933, and she went quietly and peacefully forth to await her loved ones in the land of eternal light.

Besides the children mentioned she leaves to mourn her death her faithful husband, two sisters, Sadie ROUSE and Effie AUSTIN, both of Bradford, one brother, Henry PERKINS, in Missouri, one adopted brother, Arthur, at Woodriver, Ill., and several grandchildren and hosts of friends.

Her father and mother and one brother, Howard, have preceded her in death. The funeral services were held from the Methodist church on Friday morning at 10:00 o'clock and were conducted by Dr. S.P. ARCHER. Music was furnished by Mrs. HODGES and Mrs. EDMUNDSON with Miss Lizzie DRAWYER at the organ. The burial was made in the Bradford cemetery beside the graves of her father and mother. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Rose Margaret (Imes) Newton

Bradford Republican

Dec. 25, 1915

"Mrs. Robert NEWTON, a well known resident of this community, passed away at St. Francis hospital in Kewanee on last Wednesday evening. Death was the result of an operation. Born and raised in Osceola township, she practically passed her entire life in this vicinity, with the exception of a short time spent in Iowa.

Rose Margaret IMES, daughter of the late Thomas and Cynthia IMES, was born August 19, 1872, and passed away Dec. 8, 1915, aged 42 years, 3 months and 20 days. On April 29, 1891, she was married to Edwin VanDIKE and to this union eight children were born, all still living.

On Aug. 29, 1909, her husband met his death when he was killed by a threshing machine.

On Sept. 11, 1912, she was again united in marriage, her husband being Robert NEWTON, who, with the children is left to mourn her death.

Mrs. NEWTON was a patient, loving mother and a woman much devoted to her home and a kind neighbor and friend.

For the past four years herself and family have been connected with the Home Department Sunday School and Elmira Presbyterian Church.

Eight children are left to mourn the death of their mother. They are Mrs. May SHAW, Modena; Mrs. Edna OSBORN, Modena; Mrs. Gertrude ROBERTS, Modena; George, Miss Vera, Bessie, Elmer and Sylvia VanDIKE, all at home. There are also eight brothers and sisters, Charlie IMES, Bradford; Mrs. Fodesia MIELKEY, Ottumwa; John IMES, Bradford; Mrs. Mary LOUDENBURG, Bradford; Thomas IMES, Kewanee; Mrs. Walter CHAMPION, Bradford; Walter IMES, Bradford; Harry IMES, Califax, California.

The funeral was held Saturday at the Osceola Grove church, services being conducted by Rev. ALLEN, pastor of the Baptist church at Osceola close by.

We loved her, yes we loved her,

But the Angels loved her more,

"And they have gently called her

To yonder shining shore.

"The pearly gates were open

And a gentle voice said 'Come'

"And with farewell unspoken

She calmly entered home. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Harriet Elizabeth (Cox) Nicholas

from the Wyoming, Illinois newspaper 1905


Mrs. Edward Nicholas (Harriet Elizabeth Cox) departed this life at 10 o'clock on the morning of April 23, at the home of her father, Wyoming, Ill. She was the daughter of Simon and Mary Elizabeth (Graves) Cox and was born at Wyoming August 9, 1875. Educated here, she graduated from the high school in 1894, and taught at the Graves school in Essex township for several terms.

On October 12, 1898, she was married to Edward Nicholas, and in the spring of 1900 they went to make their home in Story county, Iowa, moving the following year to a farm Mr. Nicholas had bought in Boone county, near the town of Beaver. Finding her health failing from an affection of the throat, they moved Dec. 1, 1904, to Grand Junction, in order that she might receive treatment, and on March 7 went to Albuquerque, N.M., hoping that the climate might restore health. But in vain, and on April 13, by her own wish, she came to her old home to pass the remaining days of her life.

Her brothers Myron and Mark were sent for from the west. When Mark arrived on Saturday she told him that she had been waiting for him and was now ready to go; and on Sunday when the bells were ringing for the Easter service her soul went out to Him who is the resurrection and the life. She leaves one child - Mary Elizabeth - six years old.

By her own request her brothers bore her to her resting place - Myron L. of Topeka, Kas.; Mark of Hankinson, N.D.; Hugh M., Frank M., Lucius W. and Uridge. The ceremony was at the Congregational church at 2 o'clock on Tuesday afternoon, the sermon by the Rev. Dr. Jordan. Mrs. Nicholas was a member of the Court of Honor, and they with a large company of relatives and friends attended her body to the grave.

Mrs. Nicholas was a woman of beautiful character and disposition, engaging in manner, bright, ambitious to excel, she was as pure sunshine among home and friends, and the love inspired by her presence will ever be treasured as a gracious memory by her own family and by all who came within the charm of her acquaintance. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Emily (Wood) Nichols

April 22, 1898

Stark County (Illinois) News

Mrs. Dr. Nichols departed this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs.Nelson Grant, Monday, at 11:30 a.m. The funeral was held at the house at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

April 29, 1898

Stark County (Illinois) News

Emily Wood was born in Chili, Monroe county, N.Y., January 24, 1824, and died at LaFayette, Illinois, April 18, 1898. She was married to Charles B. Howell, Oct. 1, 1844. To them were born six children, four of whom survive her. Her husband died August 4, 1860. In 1876, she was again married, to Dr. J. H. Nichols, of LaFayette; he departed this life October 26, 1888. She united with the Presbyterian church in Chili when a young lady, remained a member of that church until 1866, when she removed from New York to Galva, Illinois, and united with the Congregational church. In 1867 she removed to LaFayette, and again united with the Congregational church, in which she held a membership until they disbanded. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. G. A. Francis, of the Toulon Congregational church, at 2 o'clock Tuesday, April 19, and the remains were laid to rest in our cemetery.

Dearest Mother, thou hast left us;

Here thy loss we deeply feel;

But 'tis God that has bereft us--

He can all our sorrows heal. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Joseph Hurd Nichols

published November 1, 1888, Stark County (Illinois) News

"Died, at Iliff, Colorado, Oct. 26th, Dr. J. H. Nichols of LaFayette, Ill.

The deceased was born in New Jersey, Dec. 18th, 1818. When a boy, he entered commercial life in Sparta, New York.* In 1839, he removed to Connersville, Indiana, and came to this place in 1840, and took a course in Tolsbury College. He next taught school in Rising Sun, West Tennessee, and studied under Dr. Lamb until he entered the Ohio Medical College in 1843. In the winter of 1844-5, he graduated from this institution, and in the spring of 1850, located at LaFayette, Ill.

He was married at Connersville, Indiana, in 1848, to Miss Louisa Woodcock, who died in 1874. Their children are Luella Butler, wife of G. H. Butler, and Albert H. Nichols. In 1878, he married Mrs. Emily Howell, of LaFayette, Ill., who still survives him, and together with the two children above named, and one sister, Mrs. J. Martin, mourns his loss.

*Dr. Nichols moved to Sparta, New Jersey, not Sparta, New York - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Edward Nixon
Henry Republican, Henry IL, May 17, 1883
Our Neighbors
Edward Nixon, father of the proprietors of the Toulon Call, died at his home in Toulon on Tuesday, the 8th inst.

Ella and Mary Noyes

May 12, 1881

At Bradford, May 2, of malignant scarlet fever, Ella, 14 and Mary 8, daughters of James E. and Elizabeth Noyes.

We record elsewhere the death, within two hours, of the two beautiful daughters of Mr. James E. Noyes. A terrible affliction and sorrow has thus fallen upon this family. They have the sympathy of the entire community in their dire extremity. - Henry Republican - Contributed by Nancy Piper 


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