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Jacob Galbraith
On the 28th day of Sept. A. D. 1870, Bro. Jacob Galbraith was instantly killed by the explosion of the boiler of a portable saw mill two and a half miles west of Mt. Erie.  He was a member of Mt. Erie Lodge No. 331 A. F. & A. Masons, and was intered (sic) by the fraternity on the 29th inst. [Wayne County Press, October 27, 1870]


Jasper Garrison
JASPER GARRISON, 107, OLDEST U.S. WAR VETERAN
The nation's oldest war veteran, who helped occupy Cuba after the Spanish-American War, is dead at 107.   Jasper Garrison of Christopher, Ill., a great admirer of ''Rough Rider'' Teddy Roosevelt, died, apparently of heart failure, Thursday in the Veterans Administration Medical Center at Marion, said spokes woman Frances Gilliam.
  Mr. Garrison, who was born in a log cabin in Wayne County, observed his 107th birthday May 1 at the Veterans Hospital and for the third straight year received a birthday letter from President Reagan.   Gov. James Thompson attended the 106th birthday party for Mr. Garrison at the hospital. Thompson, also an admirer of Roosevelt, presented the white- haired veteran with a Teddy Roosevelt plate from his private collection.
  Mr. Garrison's death followed that of another Spanish-American War veteran, Jessie Jackson, who died June 2 in Seymour, Ind., at 104, and leaves three surviving veterans of that war: L. Leroy Mendel, who will be 103 on June 23 and resides in Illinois; John Fitzgerald, 102, of New Jersey; and Nathan Cook, 101, of Arizona.
  Mr. Garrison joined the Army in 1898, enlisting in Company F of the 4th Illinois Volunteer Army at Mt. Vernon.   He was training in Florida when Roosevelt led his ''Rough Riders'' in the charge up San Juan Hill.   Mr. Garrison, a lifelong Republican, said he later saw Roosevelt ''lots of times'' when he was sent to Cuba after the armistice was signed Aug. 12, 1898.   A message from Reagan to Mr. Garrison for his 106th birthday said, ''We are a nation free and prosperous today only because of the sacrifices of quiet heroes like you.''
  Funeral arrangements were pending.
[Chicago Tribune (IL) - June 6, 1987, Donated by Sarah Hemp]


Lorene Garrison
Lorene “Rene” Garrison, 94, of Wayne City died at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, November 3, 1988 at the Rest Haven Nursing Home in Albion. She was the mother of Bailey Garrison of Fairfield.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday (today) at the Sims Congregational Church with Rev. Charles Marshal officiating.  Burial followed in the Pin Oak Cemetery north of Sims. The Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City was in charge of the arrangements. Mrs. Garrison was born in Wayne County on May 30, 1894, the daughter of S.J. and Armilda (Dallas) Marshal.  She married John Garrison and he preceded her in death on January 21, 1974. She was a livelong member of the Sims Congregational Church and a member of the Wayne City Eastern Star and the Sims Rebekah Lodge.
Among survivors are two sons, Barney of Carlyle; and Bailey of Fairfield; one daughter, Mrs. Tom (Wilma) Fleming of Houston, TX; two sisters, Lydal Scarborough of Fairfield; and Lulu Stroud of Anderson, IN; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband.

Additional notes:
1)     This obituary was received from Lorene’s grandson, Bill Garrison, bgarrison@ec.rr.com on December 5, 2007.
2)     Lorene’s father was Strauder J. Marshel.  The spelling of Marshall vs Marshel is debatable.  Most documents list Strauder’s name as Marshall, but it is Marshel on his tombstone in Arrington Prairie cemetery.
3)     Rev. Charles Marshel was Lorene’s nephew, s/o of Jesse Alvin Marshel.  That line an all its descendants did & do spell their names Marshel, as do other Marshel descendants of Strauder’s in the Sims area.


Sarah Elizabeth Garrod
Died of flux at her home in Hickory Hill, Wayne Co., Ill., September 19th, 1875, Sarah Elizabeth, infant daughter of George C. and Mary Jane Garrod, aged 1 year, 3 months and 25 days………… [Wayne County Press, October 7, 1875]


John B. Gash
DIED. On Thursday evening, January the 4th, of consumption, John B. Gash. [WAYNE COUNTY PRESS, January 11, 1866]


John C. Gash
DIED. On the morning of the 7th inst. at the residence of John C. Gash of his place, Spencer Williamson, aged 33 years. The deceased was formerly from near Nashville, Tennessee.  G.S. Foreaker,April 3, 1854.
[The Fairfield Independent Press, April 10, 1855 - Submitted by a FOFG]

Wm. L. Gash
Wm. L. Gash, one of the oldest residents of Wayne County, died at his residence in LaMard on Tuesday last ... [Wayne County Press, June 3, 1875]


Thomas J. Gaskill
DIED. On Tuesday, January 16th, Thomas J. Gaskill. [WAYNE COUNTY PRESS, January 17, 1866]


Charles Trammel Gaston
DIED.-At the residence of Thomas Bain, in Arrington Township, Tuesday morning, Aug. 31st, at 10 o'clock Charles Trammel, infant son of W. J. and Patience Gaston, aged eight months, and ten days. [Wayne County Press, September 9, 1875]


John Gaston
John Gaston, was born in the western District of South Carolina January 14th, 1796; emigrated with his parents to Gallatin County, Illinois, in the spring of 1811, and served three months in the War of 1812 as a private in Capt. Boltinghouse's Company of Illinois mounted Rangers; was married in 1817 and settled in what was known as the Pond settlement. He resided there until April 1821 at which time he removed with his family to Big Mound Township, Wayne County, where he made his home until the time of his death, May 5th, 1875. He was the seventh child of his parents, having four brothers and three sisters. He survived them all and died aged 79 years, 3 months, and 21 days. He was the father of fourteen children, only four of whom survive him… (Lengthy article written by Rodina Gaston.) [Wayne County Press, May 13, 1875]


Patience Gaston
Died at her residence in Wayne County of quinsy, in the 25th year of her age, after an illness of two days. Patience Gaston, wife of Jasper Gaston and daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Bain. She was born March 6th, 1851. In the winter of 1870 she professed religion and joined the Baptist Church . . . Was united in marriage to Jasper Gaston on 22nd of March, 1874 . . . She leaves a husband and little babe, father, mother, two sisters and three brothers . . . [Wayne County Press, July 1, 1875]


Robert L. Gaston
Fell asleep in Jesus Feb. 19, 1874, at his residence in Cincinnati, Ill.  Brother Robert L. Gaston, one of the Elders of the Christian Church, meeting at the Harmon School house.  His disease was cerebro Spinal Meningetis (sic), which took him off in three days.  Brother Gaston was born in New Harmony, Ind. January 27th, 1827, consequently was 47 years and 23 days old when he died.  His parents emigrated to Illinois and settled near Carmi, in White County when he was quite young, where he grew to manhood, and at the age of twenty, enlisted in the Mexican War and served his country valiantly for 13 months, after which, he returned to his friends in Illinois.  In the year 1849 he was married to Miss Louisa Asberry. . .he again enlisted. . . as a soldier under Capt. Organ, of Co. D, 5th Ill. Cavalry. . . He was the father of twelve children, seven of which preceded him to the spirit world, they having died in infancy.  The remaining five with the companion. . .still survive him.  His eldest, Joseph, a young man, 23 years of age, is well known. . .[Wayne County Press, March 5, 1874]


Hardin Gean
DIED. - April 12th, Hardin Gean, of Jasper, aged 73 years. Just ten days previous his wife preceeded him to the other world. [Wayne County Press, April 15, 1875]


John Gentles
John Gentles, who departed this life Nov. 30th, 1874, aged 58 years, 6 months, 19 days. [Wayne County Press, December 17, 1874]


Capt. A. George
DIED at the residence of his brother, in Indian prairie, in this county, on the 15th inst. from a wound received at the battle of Chickamauga, on the 19th  September last, Capt. A. George, Co. G, 21st Reg't Ills. Volunteers . . . . . He leaves a wife and three children to mourn his untimely end, [War Democrat January 21, 1864

Mary George
On Monday, November 1st, Mrs. Mary George, wife of W. W. George, of this place, died at the residence of Mr. Geo. Shaw, two miles east of town. Mrs. George was well-known here as she was among the pioneers of this country. Born in Henderson County, Kentucky, in 1808, she was 61 years and 3 months old when she died. She was married in Hamilton County, Ills., Nov. 1st, 1827, and had been married 42 years to a day. For years she lived a consistent member of the Methodist Church……… [excerpted from Wayne County Press, November 18, 1869]

W. W. George
Singular Death. - We learn that W. W. George, of this place, was called upon one day last week, to hold an inquest on the body of one of the oldest citizens of Wayne County, Esq'r. James Clark, Sr., who was found dead in a slough between Big and Little Mount Prairies. [Prairie Pioneer,  March 22, 1859]


William Gibbs
Indian Prairie items.-Died on the 31st ult., Wm. Gibbs, at his residence on Elm River in Bedford Township. He came among us an aged man and a stranger, but his moral worth, his gentle and affable manners and his natural goodness of heart made friends of all who became acquainted with him… Aged father rest in peace….. [Excerpt Wayne County Press, December 2, 1869]


Margaret Gloyd
Mrs. Margaret Gloyd who has been making her home with her daughter Mrs. Orin Roush and had been sick for several weeks, departed this Sunday morning.
[Wayne County Press, February 2, 1928 - Submitted by Becca who adds ** Note - This would be January 29. Margaret’s obituary says “eleven o’clock, Saturday night, January 21st”. The funeral record from Crippin Funeral Home has January 21, 1928.]

Margaret Gloyd
Margaret, daughter of Lewis and Elizabeth Brummet, was born in Browns County, Indiana, June 15th, 1843. When a small child she moved to Illinois with her parents and settled in northern Wayne, where she has made her home since that time. She was united in marriage with W. H. Dennis, February 16th, 1863. Seven children were born to this union: four of whom died in infancy and one son, John Newton Dennis, who died February 26, 1914. Her companion died February 1st, 1896 [*Error in article: 1897 correct year]. She was again united in marriage November 3d, 1902, with G. D. Gloyd. This companion also preceded her in death, March 25th, 1916. Early in life she professed her faith in Christ and united with the Zif Missionary Baptist church of which she remained a faithful member until death. After the death of her late husband she has spent most of her time with her daughter, Mrs. Emma Roush, of Cisne, who has shown every kindness and care that it was possible for her to do. For the past five or six years she has been blind. She bore her affliction with great patience and was appreciative of the efforts of her loved ones to make her life brighter and happier. A few weeks ago she suffered a fall from which she never recovered and for the past several days she has been steadily growing weaker. All that loving hands and care could do to restore her was of no avail and the spirit took its flight from the mortal body at eleven o’clock, Saturday night, January 21st, at the ripe old age of eighty-four years, seven months and six days. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Emma Roush of Cisne and Mrs. Mae [*May] Thompson of Wausaukee, Wisconsin, eleven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson, who with a large host of other relatives and friends are sad because of her passing. Funeral services were conducted from the residence at nine o’clock Tuesday morning, by Rev. Roy Kessel. Interment was in the Zif Cemetery.
[Wayne County Press, February 2, 1928 - Submitted by Becca]


James Golliher
Mr. James Golliher died at the residence of his son-in-law, Taylor Weeden, near Fairfield, on Saturday last. Mr. Golliher was about 80 years of age ... [Wayne County Press, March 4, 1875]


Abner Goodrich
DIED.-On Sunday 4 o'clock A.M., the 24th, inst., at the residence of Robert Black, Abner Goodrich, age 82 years. "Blessed are they that do his commandments that they may have a right to the tree of life, and enter in through the gates the city." [The Fairfield Independent Press, June 27, 1855 - Submitted by a FOFG]

Lucinda Goodrich
Lucinda Goodrich died August 15, 1875. [Wayne County Press, August 26, 1875]


Sue E. Graham
DIED. - In the city of St. Louis, May 19, 1865 of Puenumonia,(sic) Sue E., wife of William Graham. She leaves a fond husband and one  daughter to mourn her loss. W. J. S. [WAR DEMOCRAT, May 25, 1865]


Hester Grayham
Died October, 14th, 1870, at the residence of her husband in Blue Point, Wayne County, Illinois, Mrs. Hester Grayham, aged 40 years, 5 months and 10 days.  Mrs. Grayham was a daughter of ____ and Mrs. Levina McCracken, and was born and raised in Washington County, Pennsylvania.  She was married to William A. Grayham Jan. 25th, 1855.  Some ten months before her death she professed religion and joined the Episcopal Methodist Church in which she lived an acceptable and consistent member till the time of her death.  She was a faithful wife and an affectionate mother, and has left a bereaved husband and five small children to weep. [Wayne County Press, November 3, 1870]


Mary Olive Greathouse
DIED, in Fairfield, April 11th, 1863] Mary Olive Greathouse, granddaughter and adopted child of W. W. and Mary George, aged 12 years. [Prairie Pioneer, April 16, 1863]


Casey Gregory and G.B. Harpole
G. B. Harpole aud Casey Gregory, of Fairfield, Wayne county, were found dead in their room at the Brunswick Hotel, Springfield, Thursday morning. They had blown out the gas. Both had been witnesses before the United States grand jury. They were out sightseeing during the day and went to their room about 10 o'clock. The clerk discovered fumes of gas next morning and revealed the state of affairs.
[Edwardsville Intelligencer (Edwardsville, IL,)February 19, 1895 -- Transcribed & submitted by Nan Lambert Starjak]



Clarence H. Gregory
CLARENCE H. GREGORY, widower of Dorothy E. Varner
(son of Aaron and Ada (Cline) Gregory)
Clarence H. Gregory, 74 yr, of Monticello, died at 12:45 a.m. Saturday, 11 May 1996, at the Carle Arbours in Savory. Mr. Gregory, a retired farmer, was a native of Fairfield.
Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday from the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home in
Monticello, with Rev. Steve Ingram officiating. Burial will be in the Monticello Cemetery.
Visitation at the Mackey- Wright Funeral Home will be from 6 to 8 Monday evening (tonight). There will be Masonic rites at 7:45 p.m. He was born at Fairfield 12 June 1921, the son of Aaron and Ada (Cline) Gregory.
On 3 Jan 1942 in Fairfield, he was married to Dorothy E. Varner. She passed away 24 Sept 1995. Also, preceding him in death were his parents and one sister. Mr. Gregory was a member of the Monticello First Christian Church, the Monticello Masonic Lodge, the Argenta Order of Eastern Star, the Oddfellows Lodge and Piatt County Farm Bureau. He was a past worshipful master of the Masonic Lodge and a past worthy patron of the OES. Surviving are two sons, Charles and Kenneth Gregory, both of Monticello; a daughter, Teresa Marsh of Cisco; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
[Donated by Marlene Olson]



Owen E. Gregory
OWEN E. GREGORY, Dies Suddenly Well-Known Richland Community Farmer
Found Dead in Barn Friday by his wife Owen E. Gregory, 71, well known farmer of the Richland neighborhood south of Boyleston, was found dead in his barn shortly found dead in his barn shortly after 7:30 Friday morning. Mr. Gregory, father of Ernie Gregory, Fairfield Prairie Farms distributor, had gone to the barn to do morning chores earlier and when he did not return, his wife, Bertha, went to look for him.
She opened the barn door to see her husband lying dead on the floor. Coroner Robert McNeil conducing an inquiry ruled Gregory died of a heart attack Mr. Gregory had been in apparent good health but the past week had complained of chest pains.
Funeral services were held from Richland Church Sunday afternoon, with Rev. Charles Marshel officiating, assisted by Rev. George Karr. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Nale's Funeral Home was in charge. Mr. Gregory moved to Wayne County with his parents when he was very small and the greater part of his adult life was spent in the Richland vicinity.
He was born 20 January 1891, in DuPage County, IL, the son of John T. and Eliza Lewen Gregory. Mr. Gregory was married to Bertha Headley 26 Nov.1915, with four children born to this union. A daughter, Rosella, preceded him in death. He was a member of the Victory Church.
Surviving are his wife, Bertha, two sons, Elmer and Ernest, of Fairfield; one daughter, Mrs. Della Meador, of Mt. Vernon, Ind; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; four brothers, Arthur and Irving Gregory of Fairfield, George Gregory of Carmi and one sister, Mrs. Altha Turner of Fairfield.

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Owen E. Gregory
b.20 Jan 1891 in DuPage Co, IL
d.7 Dec 1962 in Big Mound twp, Wayne Co, IL
Services : Richland Church
Sunday, 9 Dec 1962 in 2 p.m.
officiating : Rev. Charles Marshel
assisted by: Rev. George Karr
concluding service: Richland Cemetery
[Donated by Marlene Olson]



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Rosella Jane Gregory
b.31 Oct. 1923 in Wayne Co, IL
d. 2 Mar 1960 in Fairfield, IL
Services: Richland Church on Friday, 4 March 1960 at 2 p.m.
officiating : Rev. Glen Means
assisted by: Rev. Charles Marshel
concluding service at: Richland Cemetery
[Donated by Marlene Olson]

Thomas Gregory
SOLDIER'S FUNERAL. - The funeral of Thomas Gregory, son of Lott Gregory will be preached at Eagle School House . . .  Hickory Hill Township, on Sunday, July 4th ... [Wayne County Press, June 24, 1875]


Conrad Green
Conrad Green, an old and highly respected citizen of our county, died at his home four miles north of Fairfield on Sunday evening, August 8th, Mr. Green was about seventy years old . . . [Wayne County Press, August 12, 1875]


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Elmo Richard Green
b. 9 Feb 1902 in White County, IL
d. 17 Feb 1966 in Fairfield, Wayne Co, IL
Services held at:First Christian Church on Sunday, 20 Feb 1966 at 2 p.m.
conducted by: Robert Reeves
Concluding Service: Maple Ridge Cemetery, Carmi, White Co, Illinois
[Donated by Marlene Olson]



Ira Smith Green
Ira Green, well-known Berry Township farmer and father of LeRoy Green of this City, died suddenly about 8:00 AM Thursday morning, Sept 24, 1953, from a heart attack.  He had suffered from a heart ailment for sometime.  The body was removed to the Dixon & Crippin funeral home.   Service will be held at Pin Oak Church with burial at Lappin Cemetery.  Mr. Smith was born Nov 5, 1870 and was the son of John Jefferson Green and Mary Morris Green.  He was married to Sadie Sons 7 Sept 1905.[Donated by Marylea Gazette]

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James Arthur Green
b.12 Feb 1913 in MO.
d. 22 Aug 1983 in Evansville, IND.
Services held at Nales Funeral Home Wed, 24 Aug 1983 at 2 p.m.
officiating: Rev. Ronald Bula
concluding services: Bestow Cemetery.
[Donated by Marlene Olson]

John Ross Green
John Ross Green, son of John and Emmer Green, was born at Fairfield, IL, April 10, 1889, died at Gillete, AR Dec 30, 1916, age 27 years, 8 months and 20 days.  He leaves to mourn his loss, a loving wife, a mother, Mrs. Emmer Schell, of near Fairfield, IL, also 5 brothers and 3 sisters:  Tommy Green at Center, Colo;  Mrs. Hattie Smith at St Louis, MO; Frankie Green at Almyra, AR;  Mrs. Roy Ellis at Saunnemin, IL; Mrs. Daisy Eikleberry, Mr. Ira, Olaf, and Elbie Green of Fairfield
[Donated by Marylea Gazette]


Thomas R. Green
Thomas R Green of Longmont died Wed in Longmont United Hospital after a lengthy illness.  He was 93.   He was born Feb 27, 1880, Wayne County, IL and was married Aug 4, 1909.  He was a resident of Longmont for 60 years and had his own poultry and feed store there until his retirement.  Survivors include his wife Gertie; one son, Raymond Longmont; one daughter, Mrs. Harry J Lee, Boulder; 5 grandsons and 8 great grandchildren.  Two grandsons preceded him in death. Funeral services will be at 1-0 a.m. Sat in Lewellen Funeral Home chapel, Longmont Interment will be in Mountain View cemetery, Longmont.
[Boulder Daily Camera, Boulder, CO, 16 Mar 1973 Page 6 - Donated by Marylea Gazette]

David Crocket Grimes
On Saturday morning last, David Crocket Grimes, a young man with whom many of our citizens were acquainted, met with a fatal accident. He was alone in the woods two miles south of Johnsonville attempting to load a saw log when the chain used to draw the log on the wagon suddenly broke and the log rolled back, crushing him to the earth. He was found by his wife and mother on the evening of the same day, but life was gone. [WAYNE COUNTY PRESS, May 24, 1866]


Lula Grubb
daughter of John D. & Laura (Smothers) Shaw
Mrs. Lula (Shaw) Grubb, 91 yr, died at Memorial Hospital at 9:10 A.M., Monday, 6 May 1991, from causes incident to her advanced age.
Mrs. Grubb was a lifelong resident of the Fairfield, Wayne Co, IL area and resided at 303 West King. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday from the Johnson Funeral Home, with Elder Russell Blackford officiating.  Interment will be in Bailey cemetery north of Wayne City.  Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday (tonight) at Johnson's Chapel.  She was born in Wayne County 2 June 1899 , the daughter of John D. and Laura (Smothers) Shaw. On 16 April 1919, she was married to William David Grubb. Mrs. Grubb was baptized at age 14 and was a member of the RLDS church here. She was preceded in death by her husband; an infant daughter; a sister, two brothers, her parents and a step-son. Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Everett (June) McConnell, Mrs. Earl (Alice) Bankston and Mrs. Rose Hiley, all of Fairfield;  one brother, Burl Shaw of Fairfield; six grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.
 
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Lula Grubb
born:  2 June 1899 in Wayne Co, IL
died: 6 May 1991 in Fairfield, IL
services conducted from Johnson Chapel
on Friday, 10 May 1991 in 10:30 A.M.
minister: Elder Russell Blackford
concluding services: Bailey Cemetery
services conducted from: Johnson Funeral Home
[Donated by Marlene Olson]



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William David Grubb
born: 16 Feb 1885 in Effingham Co, IL
died: Thursday, 14 Oct 1948 in Olney, Richland Co, IL services at Bailey Church on Sunday, 17 Oct 1848  at 2 P.M.
officiating: Rev. William Courtright ; assisted by Rev. Nelson Shields
concluding service: Bailey Cemetery
In charge of services: Nale's Funeral Home (Fairfield, IL and Albion, IL )
[Donated by Marlene Olson]

Fanny E. Gurley
Mrs. Fanny E. Gurley, wife of Lewis Gurley, died at the home of her niece, Mrs. J.F. Matter in Wayne City, Nov. 30. Her husband preceded her in death nine years ago. She was 82 years and seven months of age.
[Wayne County Press, 1943, Donated by Peg Jones]



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