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Memorial Card
Pearl M. Bain
b.30 Jan 1918 of Wayne County, IL
d. 2 March 1982 at Olney, Wayne Co, IL
services held at Johnson Chapel on Thursday, 4 March 1982
Services held at: Johnson Chapel on Thursday, 4 March 1982 at 3 p.m.
minister: Elder Russell Blackford
concluding services: Richland Cemetery.
Services conducted by: Johnson Funeral Home

[Donated by Marlene Olson]

Martin D. Baker

M.D. Baker, Attorney in East St. Louis Dies
Martin D. Baker, 65, East St. Louis attorney for many years, and father of Harold G. Baker, United States Attorney for the Eastern District Court, died shortly after midnight this morning at his home, 1108 Summit Avenue, East St. Louis. He had been ill some time. Baker served as State’s Attorney of St. Clair County for four years about 1896 and had also been president of the Board of Education of the East St. Louis schools. He practiced law for more than forty-one years. He was born in Fairfield, Wayne County, Illinois. His wife, who was Miss Gertrude McLean, died four or five years ago. The son, who is probably the youngest man in the United States to have been appointed as a United States Attorney, survives. Funeral services will be at 2:45 p.m. tomorrow at the residence, 1108 Summit Avenue.
["Edwardsville Intelligencer" 22 Aug 1927 - Tr. 9/6/12 by K.T. to correct the errors in the previous transcription]]

Ewing R. Baldwin

Native of Fairfield died March 11, 1966 in Kansas where he had lived 66 years.
Funeral services were held in Logan, Kansas Monday, March 14th for Ewing Robert Baldwin 86 year old Fairfield native.  He was buried in Pleasant View Cemetery.
Mr. Baldwin who lived in Kansas 66 years died at Phillips County, Kansas Hospital March 11
th.  He was born in Fairfield June 5, 1879, the son of John Samuel and Prudie Catherine Young Baldwin.  He moved to Kansas in 1900 and engaged in farming there.  Later he was a top salesman for the Modern Woodman Insurance Company.  In 1902 he was married to Rose Watkins, with two children born to them.  A son died at birth and his wife died in 1926.  Later he was married to Bernice Reist.
Mr. Baldwin was a member of Asbury Methodist Church; of the Modern Woodman lodge; the Logan Masonic lodge; and Eastern Star.  Surviving are his widow, Bernice, a daughter, Beulah, wife of Floyd Cook of Topeka, Kansas; two brothers, Charles H Baldwin of Lincoln, IL and Jesse J Baldwin of Peoria, IL  [
Donated by Marylea Gazette]

John D. Baker
DIED. On Sunday morning, May 6th, of Dropsy, John D. Baker. [WAYNE COUNTY PRESS, May 10, 1866]

SMALL POX ITEMS. - During the past three weeks small-pox has been a fearful visitant at the home of Nathan Morris in Arrington township. The first person who died was Mr. Ballou, Mr. Morris' son-in-law. Then followed six other deaths in the following order: Sarah Morris, Ballou's Youngest child, Ballou's oldest child, Nathan Morris, Mrs. Nancy Ballou, and lastly John Morris, a young man of 19. [Wayne County Press, July 22, 1875]

Jackson Barker
Mr. Jackson Barker, a respected and wealthy citizen of Clay County died on the 6th inst. and was buried near Xenia on the 7th . . . [Wayne County Press, December 16, 1875]

Mrs. Barker
Mrs. _____ Barker, quite an old lady, died at her home in Bedford last week. [Wayne County Press, October 7, 1875]

Eliza A. Barkle[y]
DIED. On Saturday evening January 27th, 1866 Mrs. Eliza A. Barkle[y], aged 50 years and two months. An earthly home made desolate for a fond husband and three loving children [WAYNE COUNTY PRESS, February 1, 1866]

Alice Ann Barnard
Alice Ann, youngest daughter of Richard and Mary Daisy was born in Wayne County, September 9, 1864.  She grew to womanhood and spent the greater part of her life in and near the community of her birth. At an early age she professed her faith in Christ and united with the General Baptist church at Bailey, where she has always been a faithful and devoted member.  For many years she has been afflicted with total blindness but she continued to keep her own home, being a neat and careful housewife in spite of her affliction, which she bore with great patience and was always kind and considerate of others especially of her husband, who like herself was totally blind. She was united in marriage with Weaver H. Barnard in June, 1890.  Eight children were born to this union, three of whom die d in infancy.  For several weeks she had been failing in health and the end came peacefully at her home in Sims, at noon, March 8, 1934, aged 69 years, five months and 26 days.  She is survived by her aged husband, two sons, Henry of Chenoa and Earl of Sims, three daughters, Irene Lamb and Gertrude Jones both of Sims and Fannie Reed of near Fairfield, twelve grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a host of other relatives and many dear friends who will mourn her death. Funeral services were conducted from the Bailey church Saturday morning by Rev. John Rush.  Interment was in the old Bailey cemetery.

Card of Thanks
We desire to express our sincere thanks to the kind friends and neighbors for their assistance and sympathy during the sickness and death of our loved one. Weaver H. Barnard and Children
[Obituary from unnamed newspaper: 1934 - Submitted by Marilynn Howard]

Clarence Barnard
Retired Farmer Had Been in Failing Health for Some Time Rites Friday
Clarence Barnard, 78, retired Cisne farmer, died at his home in that community about nine o’clock Wednesday morning, following a long period of failing health. Mr. Barnard operated a farm northwest of Geff for a number of years, retiring and moving into Cisne four years ago. Rites Friday Afternoon Funeral services will be conducted from the Cisne Methodist church at 1:30 Friday afternoon, with Rev. Charles B. Johnston, assisted by Rev. L.E. Lawler. Interment will be in Bailey cemetery. The DeSelms Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Clarence, son of Sylvester and Easter Barnard, was born in Hickory Hill Township February 22nd, 1880. He grew to manhood in the vicinity of his birth. Married In 1903 He was married to Effie Ellis August 19th, 1903, with no children being born to this union. Mr. Barnard first joined the Bailey church but later transferred his membership to the Cisne Methodist church. Surviving are his wife, Effie; two brothers, Arthur, of Wayne City, and Orda, of Cisne; three sisters, Mrs. George Read, Mrs. Lillie Barnard and Mrs. Hattie Wilson, all of Wayne City.

[Unknown paper, 1958 - Submitted by Peg Jones]

Edgar Barnard
Edgar Barnard
Of Wayne City Dies At Age 82
Edgar Barnard, 82, of Wayne City, died at 2:10 p.m. Thursday at the Fairfield Memorial Hospital. He was a retired farmer. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the Bailey Baptist church, of which he had been a member since 1907. Burial will be in the Bailey cemetery. The body will lie in state at the Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City, where friends may call after 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Mr. Barnard was born August 31, 1886, in Wayne county, the son of Eli and Melvina  (Henson) Barnard. On October 27, 1907, he was married to Nellie Dawson, who died in 1938. Survivors include two sons, Normie Barnard of Wayne City and Otho Barnard of Chenoa; two brothers, Ralph Barnard of Cisne and Elmer Barnard of Johnsonville; one sister, Mrs. Mahala Shaw; and five grandchildren. [Wayne County Press ABT 1968-1969]

#2  Edgar Barnard Rites
Funeral services for Edgar Barnard, 82, of Wayne City, were conducted from the Bailey Baptist church near Wayne City Sunday afternoon, with interment in Bailey cemetery. The Richardson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Was Retired FarmerMr. Barnard, a retired farmer, died at 2:10 p.m. Thursday at Memorial hospital. He was born in Wayne county Aug. 31, 1886, the son of Eli and Melvina Henson Barnard. On Oct. 27, 1907, he was married to Nellie Dawson, who preceded him in death in 1938. He had been a member of the Bailey church since 1907. Surviving are two sons, Normie, of Wayne City, and Otho, of Chenoa; two brothers, Ralph Barnard, of Cisne; and Elmer Barnard, of Johnsonville; one sister, Mrs. Mahala Shaw; and five grandchildren.

We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to our friends and relatives for their prayers, for the food that was brought in, for the lovely flowers and cards, to the nursing staff at Memorial Hospital and to Dr. Ransom for every act of kindness extended at the death of our loved one. They will be treasured memories.
[Wayne County Press ABT 1968-1969 - submitted by Peg Jones]

Eli D. Barnard
Eli D. Barnard, well-known farmer in western Wayne county, passed away Thursday evening, May 28th, 1942 at his home in Hickory Hill township. He had been in failing health for three months. He was aged 79 years eight months and eleven days. Funeral services were held at the Bailey church Saturday morning by Rev. Guy Roney, assisted by Rev. Stephen Shehorn. Burial was in the Bailey cemetery. [Unknown paper -- May 1942 - Submitted by Peg Jones]

Lillie A. Barnard
Died at Her Home North of Wayne City May 6th Rites Held Mary 8th.
Lillie A. daughter of Sylvester L. Barnard and Catherine L. Barnard, was born July 9th, 1886, in Wayne County, Illinois. After a brief illness, she died at her home north of Wayne City at 12:45 p.m., Wednesday, May 6th, 1959, at the age of 72 years, 10 months and 6 days.  Funeral services were held May 8th from Bailey church. On March 21st, 1905, she was married to William H. Barnard. To this union a daughter and two sons were born: Mrs. Inez Manahan, of Johnsonville; Lowell, of Wayne City; and Russell Barnard, of Wayne City. In addition to her daughter and two sons, four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one sister, Hattie Wilson, of Wayne City, and two brothers, Arthur Barnard, of Wayne City, and Orda Barnard, of Cisne, also survive. Her husband, William H. Barnard preceded her in death March 8th, 1957. Two sisters, Nettie Reed and Ella Dawson, of Wayne City and one brother, Clarence Barnard, of Cisne, also preceded her in death. Early in life she was converted at a meeting held at Bailey church and united with the Bailey Methodist church.

We'll miss her cheerful voice and friendly ways.
As often we'll recall the many happy days.
When her gay laughter and her happy smile,
Brightened life and made it seem so worth while. 
[Unknown Newspaper/Date - Submitted by Nola Loker] 

Melvina Barnard
Melvina, daughter of Alfred and Sally Henson, was born in Wayne County, June 27, 1861. She was united in October 4, 1885. Seven children were born to this union, two of whom died in early childhood. Her entire life has been spent in and near the Bailey Community in Wayne County, where she reared her family and with her companion and children she contributed to the development and progress of this section of the county. Her life will long be remembered by those who knew her and her memory will be a rich heritage to her loved ones. In early womanhood she united with the General Baptist Church at Bailey and remained a faithful member of this congregation during her life. For several years she has not enjoyed good health and since the passing of her companion last May 28th, her condition grew steadily worse and the end came peacefully at the home of her son, Ralph, Tuesday afternoon, November 24, 1942, age 81 years, four month and twenty-seven days. She is survived by four sons, Edgar, Lewis, Ralph and Elmer and one daughter, Mahala Ferguson all of this community, twelve grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, many other relatives and friends, who will mourn her passing. Funeral services were conducted from the Bailey Church, Thursday morning, November 26th, by Rev. Guy Roney. Interment was in the Bailey cemetery.  [Unknown paper -- November 1942 - Submitted by Peg Jones]

Nellie Barnard
Nellie DAWSON Barnard, daughter of J.M. and Nancy Dawson, was born in Wayne Co., Feb. 10, 1888, passed away at her home in the Bailey neighborhood April 11, 1938, aged 50 years, two months and 1 day. She was united in marriage to Edgar Barnard Oct. 27, 1907. To this union were born two sons, Normie Barnard of Wayne City and Otho Barnard of Lexington, Ill. She confessed her faith in Christ March 27, 1905, and united with the New Zion Baptist church, later transferring her membership to the Arrington Prairie church, where she held membership until her death, living a consistent faithful life among those with whom she walked and a real Christian mother to her family in all their trials and troubles. During her long and lingering illness her faith in Christ never wavered. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, two sons and two daughter-in-laws, whom she loved as her very own, 1 grandson, Lester Glenn, her mother Mrs. Mary Dawson of Decatur, three brothers, Oliver of Decatur, Curtis of Chenoa, and Kelly of Sims, two sisters, Mrs. Mary Cravens of Decatur and Mrs. Lu Downen of Portland, Oregon. Her father, 1 brother and 2 sisters having preceded her in death. Besides a host of other relatives and friends are left to carry on and one more link is forged in our chain bounding us to the eternal world beyond. Funeral services were held at the Bailey church, April 13, conducted by Rev. Byers, assisted by Rev. Jessie4 Miller and Rev. H.C. Mendenhall. Interment in the Bailey cemetery.[unnamed newspaper: April 1938 - submitted by Peg Jones]

Ruth Barnard
Mrs. Ruth Barnard, 76 Rural Cisne Succumbs
Mrs. Ruth Barnard, 76, Rt. 2, Cisne, the wife of Ralph Barnard, died at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 1985, at Franklin Skill Care Center in Benton. Mrs. Barnard was a resident of the Benton nursing home for a short time, the Press was told. She was the mother of Robert Barnard, of Cisne. Services Tuesday Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bailey Church near Wayne City, with Rev. Roger Tate and Rev. Shirley Milner officiating. Interment will follow in Bailey Cemetery. Visitation will be conducted for family and friends after 6 p.m. Monday (tonight) at Richardson Funeral Home, Wayne City. Born in Wayne County, July 22, 1908, Mrs. Barnard was the daughter of Frank and Olive Lowe Peddicord. She was wed to Ralph Barnard Oct. 13, 1926. Mrs. Barnard was a housewife and homemaker during her marriage. She was a member of Bailey Church. Survivors include her husband, Ralph Barnard, of Cisne; three sons, Robert Barnard; Dale Barnard; Davis Paul Barnard; one daughter, Mrs. Richard (Sharon) Zimmerman; a brother, Stanley Peddicord; two sisters, Mrs. Elmer (Carmen) Barnard, of Wayne City; Mrs. Hobart (Lois) Weaver; a step-sister, Mrs. Normie (Ester) Barnard; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. [Wayne County Press, May 20, 1985 - Submitted by Peg Jones]

Weaver H. Barnard
Weaver H., son of John and Elizabeth Barnard, was born in Ohio County, Kentucky, December 29 1851; died March 7, 1938; age 86 years, 2 months and 7 days. He came to Illinois in 1876, where he was married to Alice Ann Daisy in June 1890; eight children were born to this union, three of whom died in infancy. At an early age he professed his faith in Christ and united with the M.E. Church at Bailey, where he has always been a faithful and devoted member.  He was a kind and indulgent parent, an affectionate companion, a good neighbor and a true friend.  He was pleasant in his manner and made fri ends with all who know him.  His companion preceded him in death, March 8, 1934.  Since that time he has made his home with his children and he passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fannie Reed, who with her husband had tenderly cared for him during his last illness. He is survived by two sons, Henry of Chenoa and Earl of Sims; three daughters, Irene Lamb of Palestine and Fanny Reed and Gertie Jones of near Fairfield; two brothers, John and Eli Barnard both of near Sims; thirteen grandchildren, one great-grandson, many other relatives and a host of friends who will mourn his passing. Funeral services were conducted from the Bailey Church, Wednesday morning, by Rev. John Rush, assisted by Rev. H.C. Mendenhall.  Interment was in the Bailey cemetery. [unnamed newspaper: 1938 - Submitted by Marilynn Howard]

W.  H.  Barnard
W. H. Barnard, son of William and Dica Burgess Barnard was born March 18, 1882 in Wayne County, Illinois. After a brief illness he departed this life at Fairfield Memorial on Friday evening March 8, 1957, at the age of 74 years, 11 months and 20 days. His parents died when he was a small boy and he made his home with his uncle, John Hawkins, of near Orchardville. On March 21, 1905 he was united in marriage to Lillie A. Barnard.  To this union a daughter and two sons were born.  Mrs. Inez Manahan of Johnsonville, Lowell Barnard of Wayne City and Russel Barnard of McLeansboro. In addition to his wife, his daughter and two sons, he leaves 4 grandchildren and four great grandchildren, a half brother, James T. Scott of Springfield, a half sister, Mrs Myrtle Elliott of Bucyrus, MO, and a host of relatives. Some 50 years ago he was converted in a meeting held at Bailey Church and united with Bailey Methodist Church.  He loved his home and the ties between him and his family were very strong. They will always cherish the memories of things he did for them. He was a farmer by trade and usually called Bill. by his friends with whom he liked to talk and joke with.  He was liked for his kindheartedn ess, friendly disposition towards others.  His home was open at all times to his relatives and friends.  It w as a pleasure to visit in his home.  His voice is still and we shall live to meet him on heavens bright shore. The funeral was at Bailey Church Monday, March 11, at 2 p.m. conducted by Bro. H. G. Coventry. Bro.  Jess Miller . He was laid to rest in Bailey Cemetery  [
I do not have the date of the newspaper but William H. Barnard died March 8, 1957 - Submitted by Nola Loker]

Larcenia Barnes
Resolutions of Respect were published on the death of Larcenia Barnes. [Wayne County Press, November 18, 1875]

R. S. Barnhill
. . . the death of Lieut. Col. R. S. Barnhill, 40th Reg. Vet. Vols., who was killed in storming the Enemy's entrenched position of Kenesaw Mountain on the 27th ult. [War Democrat, July 21, 1864]

Thomas F. Barnhill
"In this place on the 19th, inst. Thomas F., infant son of J.W. and A.M. Barnhill, aged about 5 months." [The Fairfield Independent Press, August 27, 1853 - Submitted by a FOFG]

Memorial Card
Lois M. Bass
b.11 Jan 1921 in Wayne Co, IL
d. 2 Jan 1986 in Fairfield, Wayne Co, IL
services conducted from: Johnson Chapel on Monday, 6 January 1986 at 10:00 a.m.
minister: Bro. Carroll Kakac
concluding services: Maple Hill Cemetery
services conducted by: Johnson Funeral Home

Lois M. Bass
A well-known Fairfield resident, Mrs. Dewey (Lois) Bass, 64 yr, was found dead at her home at 5 p.m. Thursday, 2 Jan 1986, of a stroke. Mrs. Bass's body was found lying on the front room couch by a neighbor, Evelyn Xanders, who called police, according to Wayne County Coroner Bob Johnson. Mrs. Bass was previously employed as activity director during the early 1970's at Way-Fair Restorium.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday (today) at Johnson Funeral Home with Bro. Carroll Kakac officiating. Burial followed in Maple Hill Cemetery. Mr. Bass was born in Wayne County. 11 January 1921, the daughter of Weldon and Mae (Fout) Hubble. She married Dewey Bass at Midwest City, Okla, 8 Feb 1975. Mrs. Bass was a member of Geff Christian Church. She belonged to the VFW Auxiliary; American Legion Auxiliary; Women of the Moose; and Eagle Auxiliary.
Survivors include her husband, Dewey Bass, of Fairfield; two daughters, Marriett Etheridge and Sharon Landsdown, both of Midwest City, Okla ; three stepchildren, Gale Bass, of Mississippi; Audra Lou Muhs of Texas; and Janice Haegele of Wayne City; and two grand-children and five step-grandchildren. (daughter of Weldon & Mae (Fout) Hubble)
[Donated by Marlene Olson]

Adaline H. Bean
Died of pneumonia at the residence of her husband, Mr. A. Bean, three miles west of Fairfield, on May 21st, 1870, Mrs. Adaline H. Bean, aged 50 years, 5 months and 25 days. [Wayne County Press, May 26, 1870]

Archibald Bean
Bro. Archibald Bean... died... April 3d, 1875... He leaves a wife and seven children ... [Excerpted from Wayne County Press, April 8, 1875]

Mary Bean

DIED. - On the 15th inst., Mary, daughter of Mr. Mrs. Bean living near this place. [WAR DEMOCRAT, October 19, 1865]

Beecher (Infant)
DIED. - In this place on the 5th inst., infant son of H. H. & L. M. Beecher, aged 2 months and 9 days. [Prairie Pioneer,  March 15, 1861]

Charles Wood Beecher
Died in this town on Monday the 2nd inst, after a protracted illness, Charles Wood Beecher, only child of the Hon. Edwin Beecher, aged eleven years. [Fairfield Weekly News, March 14, 1857]

Memorial Card
James Leo Bell
b. 18 March 1919 in Wayne Co, IL
d. 10 Oct 1966 in Fairfield, Wayne Co, IL
Services conducted from: Dixon & Johnson ChapelThursday, 13 Oct. 1966 a t 2 p.m.
conducted by: Bro. Robert Reeves -- Dr. V. Bradford Curry
Concluding Service: Union Cemetery
Services conducted by : Dixon & Johnson Funeral Home
[Donated by Marlene Olson]

Mary M. Benner
DIED, April 11th , 1874 Mary M., wife of Absolom Benner, aged 29 years, 3 months and 3 days. . . . .She leaves two children, a little boy and girl. . . . . .The corpse left on the Monday morning train for Paris, Illinois for burial, where her relations reside. [Wayne County Press, April 16, 1874]

Edwin W. Bennet
Died in Fairfield on the 8th inst., Edwin W., infant of L.D. and Amanda Bennet, aged 4 months and 11 days. [The Fairfield Gazette, April 15, 1858]

George Best
Sudden death. On Sunday evening last, Mr. Geo. Best, of the vicinity of Mt. Erie, after returning from Church was seized with a violent fit of coughing, during which he ruptured a blood-vessel and died almost instantly. Mr. Best was about 50 years of age-during the war was Lieutenant in the 63rd Regiment, Ills. Vol., and was a well-known and highly respected citizen. [Wayne County Press, February 3, 1870]

Thomas Beurkains
At New Massillon on January 11, after a short illness, Thomas Beurkains, aged about 54 years. [The Fairfield Gazette, January 22, 1858]

John Black
Died on Wednesday morning, Dec. 14th, 1870, at the residence of his father, Mr. John Black, in Fairfield, Charles Black, aged 25 years. [Wayne County Press, December 15, 1870]

William Black
On Wednesday morning July 7th, 1869, William Black died at his residence near town, aged 63 years, 4 months, and 25 days. [Wayne County Press, July 15, 1869]

Uz. Blackford
Died on Tuesday last, of winter fever, Uz. Blackford.  Mr. Blackford was an old citizen of this village, and leaves a family to mourn his loss. . [Prairie Pioneer,  February 1, 1859]
Last Wednesday, the Sons of Temperance escorted the remains of their lost brother, Uz. Blackford, to their last resting place. . [Prairie Pioneer,  February 1, 1859]

Eliza Blackledge
DIED, in Bedford township, on July 11th, of dropsy, after a long and protracted illness, Eliza Blackledge, aged 10 years. [Wayne County Press, August 10, 1871]

Fanny Blackledge
Also on the 13th, her sister, Fanny Blackledge, aged 14 years.  On returning from the funeral on the evening of the 12th, she was seized with a congestive chill and died in about 16 hours.  They leave a mother, two sisters, and a brother to mourn this sad loss………. [Wayne County Press, August 10, 1871]

Memorial Card
Darrel D. Blessing
b.31 Dec 1919 in Elm River twp,Wayne Co, IL
d. 19 Sept 1984 in Fairfield, IL
services conducted from: Johnson Chapel on Friday, 21 Sept. 1981 at 2 p.m.
[Donated by Marlene Olson]

Memorial Card
Delbert K. Bobett
b. 14 May 1904 in Jasper twp, Wayne Co, IL
d. 1 March 1981 in Flora, Wayne Co, IL
Services Conducted: Johnson Chapel on Wednesday, 4 March 1981 at 1:30 p.m.
minister: Pastor Raymond Reinbolt
concluding services: Maple Hill Cemetery
services conducted by:Johnson Funeral Home
[Donated by Marlene Olson]

Memorial Card
Mrs. Thomas Bobett
b. 9 October 1866 in Hartford, Ohio
d. 30 Jan 1946 in Jasper twp, Wayne Co, IL
Sunday, 3 Feb. 1946 at 1:30 p.m. Dixon & Crippin Chapel
Clergyman: Elder W.D. Crippin
Maple Hill Cemetery
Funeral Conducted by: Dixon & Crippin Funeral Home
[Donated by Marlene Olson]

Clarence Boggs
DIED. On Tuesday, 13th inst., Clarence, youngest son of Dr. R. L. Boggs. Aged about three years. [WAR DEMOCRAT, September 15, 1864]

Thomas Edward Bonham
DIED. - On Saturday evening 26th inst., of quick consumption, Thomas Edward Bonham, only son of E. & B.E. Bonham, of this place, aged thirteen years, ten months and fifteen days.  (Excerpted from a very lengthy obituary.) [Wayne County Press, July 1, 1875]

Thomas T. Bonham
Died, at his residence in Fairfield, on Monday afternoon, April 14th, 1871, Thomas T. Bonham, aged 80 years, 8 months, and 8 days. (excerpted from A lengthy obituary attesting to the good character of the deceased). [Wayne County Press, April 20, 1871]

James Thomas Book
Died of hemorhage (sic) of the lungs, at the residence of his parents, six miles west of Fairfield, in Big Mound township, Tuesday, September 28th, James Thomas, son of Michael and Elizabeth Book, aged ten years and four months . . . Thomas leaves devoted parents, brothers and sisters . . . [Wayne County Press, October 7, 1875]

William Book Sr.
One of the oldest citizens of Wayne County, Wm. Book, Sr., formerly of Big Mound, died at his new home near Elk Falls, Kansas on November 23rd. Mr. Book moved to that locality about three years since, after a residence in Wayne County of about fifty-five years. [Wayne County Press, December 10, 1874]

Edwin C. Borah
Edwin C. Borah Of Sims Dies; Retired School Man
Edwin C. Borah, 81, of Sims, a well-known retired school principal and teacher, died at 1:17 a.m. Wednesday, Apr. 26, 1995, at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. He had been in declining health. Mr. Borah was principal and teacher at Wayne City Grade School for 29 years and in education for 42 years.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday from the Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City, with Rev. W.C. Ward officiating.  Interment will be in Pin Oak Cemetery north of Sims.  Visitation at the Richardson Funeral Home will be after 6 p.m. Thursday (tonight).
Mr. Borah was born at Sims Nov. 10, 1913, the son of Jeptha and Grace Smith Borah. He was marred to Georgia Jines, also a teacher. Mr. Borah gained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from southern Illinois University and McKendree College. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy. Memorials may be made to the Fairfield Public Library or to the Borah Scholarship Fund at Wayne City Unit 100 School District. Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Dr. Homer (Amber Glenn) Hanson, of Carbondale; one sister, Golda Minton of Fairfield; and one nephew.
[Wayne County Press, April 27, 1995 - Donated by Bob Jones]

George Borah
We are pained to learn that Mr. George Borah, an old and esteemed citizen of this county, was killed last week by the kicking of a horse.  Mr. Borah bears a large circle of friends and relatives to mourn his sudden death. [Prairie Pioneer, May 3, 1860]

Mary Elizabeth Borah
DIED.- January 23d, 1874, Mary Elizabeth, only daughter of Adolphus G. and Sarah A. Borah, aged 3 years 2 months and 4 days.  [Wayne County Press, February 5, 1874]

Jeptha M. Borah
Jeptha Malen Borah, son of George and Mary Borah, was born near Sims, Illinois,  February 15th, 1885.  He departed this life May 30, 1930 at the age of 45 years, 3 mo nths and 15 days.  He was the oldest son of a family of five children. He was united in marriage to Miss Grace Smith, July 26, 1906.  To this union were born four children; Mrs. Glen Willeman, of Wayne City, Illinois, Mrs. Hazel Weaver, of Fairfield, Illinois and Golda and Edwin, at home. He was converted and united with the Sims Christian church in 1906, of which church he was a member at the time of his death.  He was baptized by his brother, Rev. Ed Borah. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, his four children, his mother, Mrs. George Borah, of Sims, Illinois, one brother, Rev. Ed Borah, of Haubstadt, Indiana, three sisters, Mrs. Lottie Howell, Mrs. Dora Henderson, and Mrs. Nell Tibbs, all of Sims, Illinois, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Jep, as he was known to his friends, has been active in the public affairs of life and has filled positions of trust and honor.  He had a reputation for fearlessness and courage and in each position filled by him he did his full and complete duty.  He will be missed in his usual walks of life, but especially will he be missed in the home.  The sorrowing family have the sympathy of their wide circle of friends.

Be still sad heart and stop repining; Behind the clouds is the sun still shining.
Thy fate is the common fate of all, Into each life some rain must fall;
Some days much be dark and dreary.

 Funeral services were held Sunday, afternoo n at 2:30, June 1st, 1930 at the First Christian church, Sims, Illinois, conducted by Rev. Walter Fasnacht, of Louisville, Ill., assisted by Rev. Fred Lappin, of Wayne City, Illinois:  The funeral was attended by a large crowd.  Interment taking place in Pin Oak cemetery. Those attending the funeral from a distance were:  Rev. and Mrs. Ed Borah of Haubstadt, Ind., Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Burkett, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Burkett of Benton, Ill., Ellen Burkett, of Chicago, Illinois;  Mr. and Mrs. Henry Desch and Harve Desch of Lincold, Ill.;  John Curry, Mrs. Raymond Barr, Mr. and Mrs. Max Wright and Mrs. Ruth Thalman, of Centralia, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Martin, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Borah, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Williamson and Baily Smith, all of Mt. Vernon, June Curry of Chicago, Mrs. Ester Smith of Lincoln, Ill., Mr. Fred Rogers of Springfield, Ill.; Mr. James Smith of Wilmington, Ill.; Miss Thelma Tibbs, of Alton, Ill., and Miss Nona Tunnel, of Salem, Ill.

Card of Thanks          
The family wishes to express their appreciation and gratitude to those who assisted in our time of sorrow, also for the beautiful floral offerings contributed by the churches, neighbors and friends, village board and others.
[Unknown newspaper - Donated by Bob Jones]

William Borah

William Borah, father of Senator William E. Borah of Idaho, died at his home near Fairfield, Ill., yesterday, aged 92. He was the oldest man in Wayne County.
[Chicago Daily Tribune, Sept. 2, 1910 -- Transcribed & submitted by Nan Lambert Starjak]

Memorial Card
Noel Bosley
b. 14 Oct 1906 in Wayne Co, IL
d. 22 Dec 1980 in Fairfield, IL
services held at: Nales's Funeral Home on Sunday, 24 Dec 1989 at 1 p.m.
officiating : Rev. B. R. Cummins
concluding Services: Maple Hill Cemetery
[Donated by Marlene Olson]

George N. Bovee
"DIED.-In this county on the 6th instant, George Nicholas, infant son of Nelson and Nancy Bovee; aged 1 year, 9 months and 18 days."
 [The Fairf ield Independent Press, September 17, 1853 - Submitted by a FOFG]

John Bovee
DIED. At his residence, ten miles west of Fairfield, on the 21st inst., Mr. John Bovee, aged 80 years, four months and ten days.
On Thursday, Jan. 23rd, 1868, at the residence of her son, Rev. Wm. M. Owen, Mrs. Susanna Owen, aged 80 years, 11 months, and 25 days.  [WAYNE CO UNTY PRESS, January 30, 1868]

Bernice Bowden
Bernice Bowden, 82 of Chenoa, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007 at 2:46 p.m. at the Meadows Mennorrite Nursing Home at Chenoa. She was a retired employee of Sparton Manufacturing at Flora. Funeral services were held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne with burial in Wesley Chapel Cemetery at Johnsonville.  Visitation was held Sunday from 1 - 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Bernice was born Feb. 14, 1925 at Johnsonville to Anthony and Bessie Hill Pennington. She married John W. Bowden Oct. 7, 1946 at Chicago. He preceded her in death Jan. 28, 1989. Bernice was a member of the Community of Christ Church of Flora. Survivors include two daughters, Margie (Dave) Stull of Chenoa and Joyce Moit of Sebring, Fla.; one son, Larry (Nina) of Fairbury; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, a daughter, four brothers, one sister, two stepsons and her parents.  [W ayne County Press Dec 31,2007 - Donated by Mike Clemmons]

Anna Boyles
On last Sunday Mrs. Anna Boyles died with winter Fever. She was about 60 years old. Mr. Nathan Harris and Miss Mahala Cravins got on their horses the other day and went over to Esq. Yates and committed matrimony in the first degree. [Wayne County Press, December 24, 1874]

William Boze
Died at his residence in the southern portion of this county, on May 23rd, 1871, William Boze, aged 71 years and 2 months.  Mr. Boze was born near Lynchbury, Va., March 23rd, 1800.  [Wayne County Press, June 8, 1871]

James Bradford
DIED. - December 10th, in the town of Hickory Hill, James Bradford, aged 19 years, 6 months, 28 days, son of G. A. and Sarah Bradford. [Wayne County Press, December 22, 1870]

Eliza G. Bradshaw
Died at her residence, in Mill Shoals, White County, May 7th, 1875, after a protracted illness of nearly three months, Mrs. Eliza G., wife of Marcus Bradshaw, aged 27 years and 8 months.[Wayne County Press, May 13, 1875]

Gracy Trumon Bradshaw
Died, Feb. 5th, 1875, after a severe illness of one week, Gracy Trumon, youngest daughter of Greenup and Mary A. Bradshaw, aged nine years, seven months and seven days. [Wayne County Press, February 11, 1875]

Jasper Branch
Jasper Branch died at his residence in Jeffersonville, Saturday, October 2nd, in the seventh-eighth year of his age.  Mr. Branch was a native of Vermont, but resided in Ohio for some years before removing to Illinois.  He served with honors in the War of 1812.  For the past twenty-two years he has lived at his late home……… [Wayne County Press, October 7, 1875]

N. P. Branch

DIED. - On the 16th inst., N. P. Branch of Jeffersonville, Wayne Co., Ill. [WAR DEMOCRAT, October 19, 1865]
N. P. Branch died October 16, 1865, leaving a widow. He was a Mason, member of Fairfield Lodge No. 206. [WAR DEMOCRAT, October 26, 1865]

Rebecca Branch
Died, at Jeffersonville, Monday, Sept. 20th, 1875 Rebecca Branch, wife of Jasper Branch, in the seventh-eighth year of her age . . [Wayne County Press, September 23, 1875]

Memorial Card
Loyd Bridges
b. 13 Sept 1883 in Wayne Co, IL
d. 9 October 1949 in Olney, Wayne Co, IL
Services: Richland Church on Tues, 11 Oct 1949 at 2:30 p.m.
Clergyman: Rev. W.R. Taylor
Richland Cemetery
Funeral Conducted by: Dixon & Crippin Funeral Home
[Donated by Marlene Olson]

Iva May Porter Brooker
Mrs. Vernon Brooker dies at age of 74.
Lived most of life in Cisne-Feff Vicinity
Funeral to be held Wednesday Oct 7, 1963 

Mrs. Vernon Brooker, 74, northwest of Geff, died at 4 a.m. Monday (today) at the Flora Hospital, where she had been a patient two weeks.  Mrs. Brooker had been in failing health for some time.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday from the Oak Valley Church, with Elder W.D. Crippin officiating.  Interment will be in the church cemetery.  Friends may call at the Crippin Funeral Home after 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Iva May, daughter of William and Alice Simpson Porter, was born in Wayne county June 24, 1889.  She was converted to Christ and united with the Oak Valley Church early in life.  On November 20, 1918, she was married to Vernon Brooker, with no children born to this union.  However, a boy, Wayne Brooker, was adopted and reared by the couple.  Surviving are her husband; the foster son, Wayne Brooker of Geff; two grandchildren;, one brother Leo Porter of Oglesby; and five sisters, Mrs. Fannie Anderson, Mrs. Mary Sons and Mrs. Goldie Hawley, all of Oglesby; Mrs. Minnie Gallup, of Utica and Mrs. Cleo McLaughlin of Streator.
[Wayne County Press - Submitted By: Marylea Gazette] 

Ezra V. Brooks
Ezra Victor Brooks, little son of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Brooks, of the Beaver Bend neighborhood, died at their home on Saturday, May 8, 1915, aged 4 years, 1 month and 13 days, death resulting after a suffering of three months, caused by the effects of tumors. Deceased was born in Wayne county, Illinois, March 25, 1911, and leaves fathers, mother four brothers, two sisters and many relatives and friends to mourn his loss. The Champion joins many friends in sympathizing with the bereaved family, in this, their great hour of sorrow.
["Farmer’s Champion", Elgin, Oklahoma, May 12, 1915 - Submitted by Dale Donlon]

George Brown
George Brown, the oldest man in Wayne county, aged 100 years, died at Fairfield. Brown was born in England in January, 1808.
[Edwardsville (IL) Intelligencer, May 8, 1908 - Transcribed & submitted by Nan Lambert Starjak]

Jesse H. Brown
DIED. - Mr. Jesse H. Brown, of Bush Creek Township, who accidently shot himself on Wednesday the 28th ult., died from his wound on Friday the 6th inst. [WAYNE COUNTY PRESS, September 12, 1867]

Memorial Card
Oral Brown
b.6 April 1900 in Jasper twp, Wayne Co, IL
d. 4 Nov 1961 in St. Louis, MO
Services held at: Dixon & Crippin Chapel
Monday, 6 Nov 1961 at 2 p.m.
Conducted by: Rev Roy Collins
Assisted by: Rev Wm Hedges
Maple Hill Cemetery
Arrangements by: Dixon & Crippin Funeral Home
[Submitted by Marlene Olson]

Memorial Card
Therschel W. Brown
b.25 March 1917
d. 25 Oct. 1987
services: Wed, 28 Oct 1987 at Donald Campbell Funeral Chapel at 2 p.m.
officiating : Rev Wayne Harris
interment: Rice Cemetery
casket bearers:
Bob Healy -- Dean Healy -- Wm Healy -- Kevin Phillips -- Wesley Phillips -- Shain Stokes
Donald Campbell Funeral Homes, Carmi and Norris City, IL
[Donated by Marlene Olson]

Memorial Card
Ruth Ann Buchanan
b. 30 August 1947 in Wayne Co, IL
d. 7 June 1986 in Fairfield, Wayne Co, IL
services conducted from: Johnson Chapel on Tuesday, 10 June 1986 at 2 p.m.
minister: Rev. Raymond Watson, JR.
concluding services: Union Cemetery
services conducted by: Johnson Funeral Home
[Donated by Marlene Olson]

Thos. J. Buck
At the residence of his son, Thos. J. Buck, Mill Shoals, on Monday, January 25th, Moses Buck, aged 77 years. [Wayne County Press, February 4, 1875]

Aleathea A. Buffington
At the residence of her husband, Mr. Titus Buffington, in Big Mound Township, on Sunday evening, Jan. 12, 1868 Aleathea A. Buffington, aged 43 years 9 months and 15 days. She leaves a husband, five children and many friends to mourn her loss. [WAYNE COUNTY PRESS, January 30, 1868]

John Bullard
John Bullard of Johnsonville, Dies
Lifelong Northern Wayne Farmer Passed Away Monday After Noon At His Home.
John Bullard, 73, a Johnsonville farmer, died at his home near that community Monday afternoon, following an acute illness. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon from the Johnsonville Methodist church, with Rev. Jesse Miller officiating. Interment was in the Bailey cemetery. The Crippin Funeral Home was in charge. Born in 1886 John son of Lawrence and Emma Bullard, was born in Wayne county October 5th, 1886.  He grew to manhood and spent his life in the vicinity of his birth. Several years ago he professed faith in Christ and was baptized by Rev. Clifton. He was married to Martha Malone,  February 4th, 1908, with three children born to this union.  A daughter, Wanda, died at the age of three years. Surviving are his wife: two sons, Lowell  and Leonard,  four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; four brothers, Harve, Ed, Fred and Virgil Bullard,  three sisters, Mrs. Bessie Brown,  Rhoda, wife of Justin Bunnell, and Mrs. Irene Leach.
[Unknown date/newspaper - Submitted by Nola Loker]

Amanda Bunnell
Amanda Bunnell, beloved wife of Seneca Bunnell, and an affectionate mother of six children, was born in Butler County, O., Sept. 28th, 1831.  In early life she with her parents moved to Indiana, and from thence in February, 1870, to Wayne County, Illinois, near Blue Point, where she lived until Oct. 29th, 1875, when she met the summons of death………… [Wayne County Press, November 18, 1875]

Everett Burkitt
Brother of Former Sheriff Here
Everett Burkitt, 83, a retired farmer who lived north of Keenes, died at 1:15 pm. Monday (1/17/1977) at his home on Rt1, Bluford. He was the brother of the late Ernest Burkitt, who was sheriff of Wayne County during the 1930’s. He was also a brother-in-law of Roy and Burl Shaw and Lula Grubb, all of Fairfield. Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday (today) at the Osborn Funeral Home in Dix with Elder Russell Blackford, of Fairfield, assisted by Elder Olen Henson. Burial was in the New Home Cemetery. Mr. Burkitt was born in Hickory Hills township in Wayne County, Dec. 12, 1893, the son of William and Parthelia (Henson) Burkitt. On May 20, 1916, he was married to Ora Shaw in Wayne County. She died Oct. 5, 1938. Surviving are two sons, Dale, of Bluford; and Lowell, of Batavia; five daughters, Veraee Wilcox, of Shelbyville; Nadean Grunder, of Urbana; Lela Pierce, of Bluford; Alice French, of Aurora; Ruth Witzel, of Mt Vernon; 22 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers, , Earl, of Mt Vernon; and John, of Okawville. He  was preceded in death by his parents’ his brother, Ernest; two sons; one sister; an d one great-grandson.
[Unknown newspaper, died Jan 17, 1977 -- Donated by
Nancy Hauracha]

Austin Burroughs
Austin Burroughs died July 4, 1867 at Davenport, Iowa, of a disease contracted in Andersonville prison where he was a prisoner for several months. He was a private in Co. E, 40th Ill., Inf., and a member of G. A. R. Post 139 of Jeffersonville. He was 26 years old. [WAYNE COUNTY PRESS, July 18, 1867]

Louisa Butler
Louisa Butler, an old resident of Fairfield, died on Friday last. She had always been one of the poor ones on earth and died in poverty. [Wayne County Press, March 4, 1875]

Walter Butler
Died of spasms, at his home in Big Mount, Wayne Co., Ill., Sept. 30th, 1875, Walter, son of Wm. J. and Olive Butler, aged 3 years, 5 months and 16 days . . . [Wayne County Press, October 14, 1875]


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