Stark County Illinois Obituaries and Death Notices

Bushrod Tapp

From the Stark County News, April 20, 1893


Died, at his home near Wyoming, Sunday, April 16, Bushrod Tapp, aged 72 years.

Mr. Tapp was a native of Virginia, but has been a citizen of Illinois for sixty years, and of Stark county for 58 years.

He was a member of the 112th Regiment, and when he left the service was Lieut. of Co. F. The funeral was under the auspices of the Bradford G.A.R. W. W. Wright Post marched out from town to meet the procession, and accompany the friends to our cemetery, where he was buried by the side of his wife, who died but a few months since. Poor Dick Tapp is now all that is left of the Tapp family; he is cared for by his brother-in-law, James Biggs. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Jesse Tarbill

Local Correspondence - Sparland
Jesse Tarbill, formerly a resident of this township, died at his home near West Jersey, Stark county, Tuesday of last week and was brought to the Sparland cemetery and buried on Wednesday at 2 pm. [The Henry Republican, August 8, 1878 - Submitted by Nancy Piper]

Mrs. Harriet (Eagelston) Ticknor

In Penn township, Stark county, Nov. 22, of inflammation of the bowels, Mrs. Harriet Ticknor, aged 34 years, daughter of William Eagelston. [The Henry Republican, December 10, 1874 - Submitted by Nancy Piper]

Marie Louisa (Bevier) Townsend

Galesburg Republican-Register

"Maria Louisa Bevier, oldest daughter of Nathan and Sarah Bevier, was born in Ulster county, New York, December 30, 1844, and departed this life at the home of her daughter in Altona, Illinois, at 7:30 in the morning, April 16, 1916, aged 71 years, 3 months, and 16 days. At the age of 12 years she came to LaFayette, Ill., where she resided until her marriage to Thomas J. Townsend, of Galva, Ill., March 23, 1864. Mr. Townsend at this time was a member of Co. G, 112th Infantry, and came home on a furlough. Mrs. Townsend taught school intil Mr. Townsend's return from the army, where they began housekeeping at Galva, Ill., In 1884 they moved to the farm near Altona, Ill., which has since been her home. Mr Townsend died March 12, 1895. During her residence in Galva she was an earnest church worker, her home was always a house of prayer. She was a good mother, a kind and helpful neighbor, many are they whom she assisted during the hours of sickness and death, she lived a noble life and her works do follow her. Mrs. Townsend was a great lover of her home and devoted to her children and grandchildren. She is survived by two children, Mrs. Emma Brown, of Altona, and Horace G., of Kewanee, Ill One daughter, Ella, passed away in infancy. Three grand children and a sister Mrs. J. E. Frail, of LaFayette, Ill., and numerous other relatives and friends mourn her departure. To know her was to love her for hers was a very beautiful Christian Life, full of loving services and kind deeds which shall ever be remembered. To live in the hearts of those from whom she is parted and leave the memory of such a noble life is not to die. Only separation from us, for she has only been transferred to her mansion home on high, which her heavenly Father, whom she trusted and served, hath prepared for her, and now she shall receive her crown of glory for her many years of true and faithful service in her Master's Vineyard. She has entered the haven of rest-- our loss is Heaven's gain.

The funeral services were held at the old home, east of Altona, Tuesday afternoon, April 18, and were conducted by Rev. J. W. McKinney, pastor of the Presbyterian church, of Altona, who read a part of the fifteenth chapter of first Corrinthians, and repeated the 23rd Psalm.

"He used for his text Rev. 22-5, There shall be no night there, and they need no candle, neither light of sun, for the Lord God giveth them light and they shall reign forever and ever.' He spoke in part of the departure of our loved ones and we should be interested enough to study and find out as much as possible about where they have gone. If we had a loved one in some foreign land we would want to know all we could about that country. As Christians we love to think and talk about heaven and we have the best of reasons for doing so. This world is so full of sin and suffering that it really cheers our hearts to think that there is a better world than this. A better place to spend eternity. Christ said: 'I go to prepare a place for you, Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people. It is a city that hath foundation, whose maker and building is God. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain and showed me that great city the Holy Jerusalem. There shall be no darkness but abundent light because Jesus, the light of the world--the night of sorrow, affliction, the night of temptation, the night of fruitless toil and the night of death--so much darkness connected with this life--no night shall be in heaven. We will need no artificial light, no natural light but spiritual light in that light we shall wall the streets of the Holy city and behold its celestial beauty. We shall see greater sights than those, we shall see God, the Father, and Jesus Christ, our blessed Savior, and that is what will make Heaven attractive. It is not the fine pictures of art or the beautiful rugs, but the inmates, our loved ones. Home loses its charm when mother is gone. What would Heaven be without Christ and the Holy Angels? Some day we will understand all the mysteries of life and death in the Holy City we shall be children of the royal blood, we shall reign forever and ever. That brow that so often throbbed with pain shall wear a crown, not a crown of gold of glittering gems, but a crown of glory, or righteousness and life. The Father has called, come, My children, you have been so cast down, so afflicted, come, wear the crown of glory, righteousness and life. Mother heard the call, come up higher. We are broken families here but we can live such lives that we can have a grand reunion in that land of endless day--O, be ready when he comes.

Those attending from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. H.G. Townsend, Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Townsend, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Townsend, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Townsend, Mr. and Mrs. William Bevier and Mrs. Elizabeth Bevier, of Kewanee, Ill., Mrs. J. E. Frail, of Reynolds, Ill.

Mrs. Townsend was for many years a successful teacher in LaFayette and vicinity. There are many who will recall her valued service in this capacity. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

John Turnbull

Stark County News, Aug. 2, 1888

(partial obituary)

Died--At his residence in Elmira, July 19, 1888, John Turnbull, aged 81 years, 7 months, 26 days.

John Turnbull was born in or near New Castle, in Liddisdale, in Roxboroughshire, Scotland, November 23rd, 1806, where he resided until the age of 20 years. In May, 1826, he moved to Loch Caron in Rofsshire, where he resided 11 years. On February 22, 1833, he was married to Miss Margaret Oliver, his surviving widow, and four years after, on the 14th of June 1837, he sailed from Greenock to America in search of a home in the west. He was accompanied by his family consisting of his wife and mother, his father-in-law, Mr. Thomas Oliver and Mr. John Graham. They arrived at Joliet, Ill, September 1837, where they remained for the winter, his brother having stopped in Canada. In January 1838, he, in company with John Graham, started from Joliet on foot, following the Indian trail for the Spoon river country, in search of a location for their future home.

He selected and purchased a claim of Perry Duker, the same on which he resided at the time of death; they then returned to Joliet and in February he came back accompanied by Adam and Andrew Oliver, and after selecting a location Adam went back after the family and arrived in March of the same year. They erected a log cabin in Osceola Grove on section 15 in what is now Elmira township, where they resided nearly two years when he moved out on the Prairie where he has since resided. The year 1840 was the era of settlement of what was then known as west prairie. Mr. Myrtle Brace, Mr. Thos. Oliver, Mr. Ambrose Fuller, Henry White and John Turnbull moved out that year from the timber, Alfred Woodward having built the year before, these six families consituted the prairie settlement. For 50 years Uncle John (as he was familiarly known) was one of the most prominent men of Elmira Township. His eminently social, genial and hospitable nature strongly marked and governed by his deep religious convictions made him at once a safe guide and councellor and a kind and sympathizing friend and advisor. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

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