Stark County Illinois  History and Genealogy
Obituaries and Death Notices


 Thomas Brittain Whiffen

Henry Republican, December 18, 1879

At Wyoming, Dec. 5, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Hannah Poll, Thomas Brittain Whiffen, 73, father of William B. Whiffen, editor of the Lacon-Democrat.

Thomas B. Whiffen

We sympathize with our contemporary of the Lacon Democrat, in the death of his father, Thomas B. Whiffen, whih took place at Wyoming December 5.  A fitting tribute to his memory is givne in the Wyoming Post, which we copy:  

"Mr. Wiffen was born in Kimbolton, Huntingdonshire, England, Sept. 6th, 1805.  From there he removed to the town of Bedford, in the adjoining county, where he married Hannah Malden, daughter of William Malden, a highly respectable citizen of the town, and for some years after carried on the business of coach building.  

After the death of his wife he removed to Utica, N.Y., where his father's family resided in 1848, and thence to Wyoming in 1850, where he has since resided.  He was on the formation of Wyoming Lodge, 244, I. O. O. F., initiated as one of its members, and remained with the lodge until its decline during the war, after which he was not again indentified with the order.  

Without belonging to any church communion, he was a religious man of the strictest integrity of character and morals, and was widely known as an honest man.  His family consisted of six children, five of whom survive him, John having died in Wyoming, soon after his arrival here.  Of the five remaining, Mrs. Eliza A. Thurlow lives in Peoria, Mrs. Sarah B. Thurlow in Puget Sound, Hannah M. Poil in Wyoming, Uridge M. in Rock Island, and William B. in Lacon.  The last is editor of the Marshall County Democrat." - Henry Republican - Contributed by Nancy Piper

Mrs. Rollin (Anderson) Whisker

August 1959
Mrs. Whisker Died Thursday; Rites Saturday
Mrs. Rollin Whisker, 71, died Thursday at the Kewanee Public hospital where she was admitted Wednesday.  She had been an invalid for two years.  The daughter of Logan and Margaret Forbes Anderson, she was born September 19, 1887 in Stark county.  On January 26, 1910, she married Rollin Whisker at the Methodist church parsonage in Princeton. Surviving are her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Arlene Kitchen of Macomb, Mrs. Clark (Gyneth) Golder of Bradford; four grandchildren, Eleanor Kitchen of Macomb; Larry Whisker, Terry Sue and Hayden Golder of Bradford; three brothers, John Anderson of Bradford; Lloyd Anderson, of Neponset, Elmer Anderson of Aledo and one sister, Mary Gubb of Bradford. She was preceeded in death by her parents, one son Ward, a daughter in infancy, four brothers and two sisters...... (Bradford Republican, Transcribed by Nancy Piper. Grandma's notes "Died July 9, 1959")

Mr. and Mrs. William Wilcocks
Henry Republican, Henry IL, May 10, 1883
Also in Bradford on Thursday and Monday of last week, Wm. Wilcocks and wife were buried and for many long years were residents of Milo.

David Williams

Henry Republican, January 6, 1881

Died near Castleton, Dec. 30, of dropsy, David Williams.- Henry Republican - Contributed by Nancy Piper

Perry Winn

WINN--Died Monday, January 31, 1898, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Pete Eckley, in West Jersey township, Perry Winn, aged 67 years, 9 months and 27 days.

Perry Winn was born in Suitzerland county, Indiana, about 40 miles down the Ohio river from Cincinnati, July 15, 1830. He was the fourth in a family of seven boys, sons of Thomas and Mary A. Winn. Madison Winn, now living near Toulon, and one of our oldest residents, was the oldest of the family. Marshall Winn, of Wyoming, was the youngest, and the only other surviving brother is William Winn, of Saxon. Jackson died when a child; Jefferson died in Toulon in 1864, and Warren died in Iowa.

In 1831 Mr. Winn came with his parents and two older children to Peoria, then called Fort Scott. The Indians were threatening trouble and the following year, 1832, it culminated in the Black Hawk war. The occasion was seized by roving bands of Indians over central and northern parts of the state to rob and murder, so that no settler was safe, no matter how far removed from the track of Black Hawk and his band. Some of the settlers at Peoria, therefore, built a blockhouse over the river, to which they removed their families, and during the spring came over in boats to tend their crops.

In 1834 the Winn family removed to the Spoon river country, settling in the timber near the present site of Wyoming, this side of the river, south of Mrs. Drinnin's. There the early boyhood of Perry Winn was spent, amidst the surroundings and in the employments incident to pioneer life.

Not long after the family built a new house out in the prairie, west of the timber, on the corner east of the present resident of Madison Winn. All is gone now, like many another pioneer homestead, except the remains of the orchard. There Mr. Winn grew to be a young man. In the meantime another family, that of Mr. Graves, had come into the neighborhood from Ohio. On April 14, 1850, the two families were united by the marriage of Mr. Winn to Miss Sarah Graves; he bringing his bride home to his father's house.

In 1852 they lived for a time in Snareville, and then settled on what is now the Slygh farm, in a house on the north side of the road. In 1856 they removed near Duncan, remaining there some eight years. During the war they removed to the vicinity of Toulon, where they afterwards remained. For about a year the family resided in the village of Toulon; then for fifteen or sixteen years to a farm south of Toulon. From thence in 1881 they removed to the place where they lived until a short time before Mr. Winn's death. His health for some years has been poor, but up to the hour of his death he was apparently no worse than he had been. He ate his supper as usual, and returned to the sitting room. Soon one of his spells of coughing came on. It was no more severe than he had been accustomed to, but it produced an internal hemmorrage, which terminated his life in a few minutes. His daughter caught him, and help was immediately sent for, but he died in her arms before the help came. Quietly, painlessly, swiftly his life passed out, and he was gone.

In early manhood Mr. Winn was seriously impressed with his duty to surrender himself to Christ and indeed he may have done so, but he did not unite with any church. In his later years the subject came up afresh, and though he became clear as to his acceptance of Christ as his Savior, it was not his privilege to make a more public confession. As the years went by his health continued feeble. O, the time for such duties is in the strong morning, not in the busy noon, or in the enfeebled evening, of life.

Nevertheless his trust was in a present Savior. The writer of this sketch often visited him, and found him uniform in his faith. "My trust is in the Savior," was his reply whenever questioned.

Thus has gone from us another of our pioneers; one who, though an aged man, was but one year of age when he came here.

Of his family of five children, two, with their mother, survive him: Noah Winn and Mrs. Joice E. Eckley. The eldest, Miles, died in 1873, at the age of 22, and Milton and Austin died in childhood, many years ago. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

William R. Winn

William R. Winn was born at Fort Clark, where Peoria now stands December 25, 1833, and passed out of this life November 25, 1910, at the age of 76 years, 11 months.

When he was a boy of 3 or 4 years his parents moved to a farm between Toulon and Wyoming, being among the very early settlers in Stark county. Here William and his five brothers grew to manhood. Of this family circle he is the last to depart.

At Toulon in 1855 he married Miss Nancy Sheffer, who was his companion in life for more than 30 years before her death. To them six children were born, of whom three are living, a son and two daughters, who reside in Minnesota. The son, Rev. E. W. Winn, the only one having the privilege to assist in caring for him and to be present at the funeral to pay the last sad tribute of respect and love to father.

In 1861 Mr. Winn emigrated with his family to Minnesota. It was here that he heard his country's call and enlisted in the army January 24, 1865, and served until mustered out August 17, 1865. He was a member of company F, First Minnesota Heavy Artillery.

On the 5th of September, 1889, occurred the marriage of Mr. Winn to Mrs. Sarah Hoppock, who survives him. About a year after their marriage they returned to Illinois and have made their home near Saxon.

Mr. Winn was converted when he was a young man and became an active Christian worker. At the age of 20 he was teacher of a Sunday school class, a very unusual thing for a young man in those days. Through his whole life he maintained his interest in various forms of Christian work. In his earlier life he was a member of the Baptist church. After his return to Illinois he united with the Saxon Methodist Episcopal church, and remained a faithful member until he answered the call to "come up higher."

The funeral services were conducted by his pastor, Rev. E. E. Shawl, of LaFayette, Sunday afternoon at two o'clock. The remains were tenderly laid to rest by his old comrades of the Grand Army in the Saxon cemetery, there to await till the roll is called up yonder. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Mrs. Margaret Woods

Henry Republican, January 21, 1875

In Knightstown, Ind., Dec. 21, of old age, Mrs. Margaret Woods, aged 92, mother of James Woods of Castleton. Mrs. Woods father was 101 when he died, and was the first Methodist preacher this side of the Alleghany mountains.- Henry Republican - Contributed by Nancy Piper

Lucy (Dalrymple) Woodworth

Wyoming Post-Herald

Jan. 13, 1932

"At her home in Chillicothe, Ill., on Wednesday, Jan. 6, occurred the death of Mrs. Peter WOODWARD, only sister of Mrs. Bertha SANNER of Wyoming. Funeral services and burial took place at Pontiac, Ill., on Friday.

"Mrs. WOODWARD is remembered in Wyoming as Mrs. Carson SYLCOTT, and resided here a number of years ago."

Lucy WOODWORTH's obituary in the January 8, 1932, Chillicothe Bulletin reads:

"Lucy (DALRYMPLE) WOODWORTH, wife of Peter WOODWORTH of this city, died very suddenly at her home Tuesday night at midnight of heart trouble. Deceased was fifty-nine years of age.

"Mrs. WOODWORTH, although subjected to heart attacks, had not been ill before the fatal stroke.

"Lucy DALRYMPLE was born near Bradford, August 20, 1872. She was a resident of this city for the past eleven years and had many friends here who were grieved when news of her passing reached them.

"Funeral services will be conducted from the home on North Second street Friday morning at ten o'clock. Rev. Mrs. RAYCROFT, pastor of the Baptist church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Pontiac cemetery.

"She is survived by her husband, Peter WOODWORTH, two daughters, by a former marriage, distant relatives and many friends." - Contributed by Karen Seeman

William Woodward

March 27, 1960

From the Bradford Republican

Bradford, Illinois

William Woodward

William Woodward, an old resident of this community, passed away at his home here, Thursday, after a short illness, his death being attributed to pnuemonia. He had not been in very good health for the past few years.

Mr. Woodward was a quiet, unassuming man, very friendly, and was ever ready to do a friend a good turn.

William Woodward was born July 12, 1862 at Bradford and passed away May 18, 1933, at the age of 70 years, 10 months, and 7 days. He was united in marrage to Miss Esther Jane Palmer Goodley in 1883 and to this union 3 children were born, all of whom survive, Walter of Edelstien, Edward of Bradford, and Mary Ellen of Peoria, and his widow. The funeral was held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon from the Baptist Church, in charge is Rev. Paul C. Allen. Mrs. H. J. Boyd and Mrs. James Noyes sang and were accompanied by Mrs. G. A. Marsh. Burial was made in the Osceola Grove Cemetery. - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Mrs. Alma Wright

Unknown Source, August 1888

Died, at Afton, Iowa, Saturday, August 4 1888, Mrs. Alma Wright, wife of Edward Wright, aged 55 years. Mrs. Wright had been suffering with consumption for more than a year. Mr. and Mrs. Wright were among the pioneers of Stark County, having settled in Elmira thirty-seven years ago, and later, moved to a farm near Neponset. Mrs. Wright was a most dutiful daughter, a faithful wife, a loving mother, and an earnest Christian. "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord; for they rest from their labors and their works do follow them." - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Edmund Wrigley

Henry Republican, August 8, 1872
In Wyoming, Stark county, Edmund Wrigley, aged 82, an old settler and much respected.- Henry Republican - Contributed by Nancy Piper


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