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John Thomas Haile
John Thomas Haile, son of Jeremiah B. and America Haile, was born in Wayne County in 1869.  His parents having died when he was young, he was reared by his uncle, Lewis, and aunt, Mat Tucker.  When about 13 years of age he professed faith in Christ.  He departed this life July 11, 1942 at the age of 73 years, five months and 11 days.
He first united with the Arrington Prairie Baptist church, and died a member of the Wayne City Baptist church.  On December 24, 1890 he was united in marriage to Sarah M. Fenton.  To this union were born six children, Stella Gertrude and George proceeding him in death.  Surviving are Louis Augustus of Kirkland; Fred Thomas, of Wayne City; Nancy America Service of Elgin; and Sara Elizabeth Feather, of Keenes; one step son Ballard Fenton, 36 grandchildren ten great grandchildren, and seven step grandchildren.  Four brothers and one sister preceded him in death.
He was ordained to the ministry by the Valley Missionary Baptist church in Arkansas December 1, 1907.  He was active in this ministry for a number of years in Arkansas and Oklahoma before returning to Illinois.
[Wayne County Press July 23, 1942 - Donated by Michael Von Gebel]

Sarah M. Haile

Mrs. Sarah M. Haile, 88, widow of the late John Thomas Haile, Baptist Minister of Wayne City, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Robert Service, here Monday, September 30th.  The body was removed to Combs Funeral Home in Wayne City.
Funeral Services were conducted at the Wayne City Baptist church Tuesday afternoon by Elder H. H. Hooker.  Burial was in Dickeyville cemetery.
Mrs. Haile was a member of Keenes Baptist church.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Service and Mrs. Eliza Feather, of Fairfield, and three sons Ballard Fenton, of Sims; Fred Haile of Keenes, and Augustus Haile, of Rockford.  
[Wayne County Press, Thursday October 17, 1946 - Donated by Michael Von Goebel]

Wm. H. Haines
DIED - Wm. H. Haines, of Co. D, 87th Reg. Ills. Vols, of camp disease, at the U.S. Marine General Hospital, New Orleans, La., Jan. 4, 1864. The deceased was born in this county, March 9, 1864 (sic), and joined the 87th Ills. April 13, 1864*.  He was the only brother of Capt. Dan Haynes, of the 18th Ills. and the youngest member of his family.  He was an affectionate son and brother, and his aged parents have in this their deep affliction, the heartfelt sympathies of their neighbors and friends. [War Democrat, February 18, 1864] . [*These dates are as they appear in the newspaper.] [Note change of spelling of the brother's names.]

Memorial Card
Bessie Lenora Hallam
b. 24 May 1894 in Wayne Co, IL
d. 27 April 1971 in Fairfield, Wayne Co, IL
Services held at: Nale's Funeral Home on Thur, 29 April 1971 at 2 p.m.
officiating : Rev Ralph McGill
concluding services: Maple Hill Cemetery

[Donated by Marlene Olson]

Mary Hall
On Saturday afternoon last, at half-past four o'clock Miss Mary Hall died at the residence of her father, Mr. Jacob Hall, at the age of 28 years, 11 months and 16 days. [Wayne County Press, December 9, 1869]

Lois Benton Halley
Lois Benton, daughter of J. & F. A. Halley, aged 8 months, 19 days, died Dec. 5th, 7 o'clock P. M [excerpt from Wayne County Press, December 23, 1869]

Hampton (child)
On Thursday last a sad casualty occurred at the residence of Mr. John Jessup, about five miles east of Fairfield…….a little boy aged 4 years, son of Wm. Hampton, being hidden under the straw was struck in the head with the tines of a pitchfork and killed instantly when the pitchfork was thrown in to the straw stack where he was hidden. [Wayne County Press, July 27, 1871]

Helen Hancock
Helen “Hein” Hancock, nee Miller, 82, of Belleville, born April14, 1916 in Fairfield, Ill., died Monday, May 11, 1992 at her residence. She was the former owner and operator of Majestic Studio Photography in East. St. Louis. She was preceded in death by her husband, Philip “Bus” Hancock; parents, Ernest and Effie (Powless) Miller; two brothers, Raymond and Lewis Miller; a sister Faye Worthen. Surviving are a brother-in-law Homer Worthen, a sister-in-law, Grace Miller; also numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Herr Caseyville Chapel with Rev. Bruce Rushing officiating.  Burial will be in Lake View Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Friends may call between 5 and 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
[“Belleville News-Democrat”, May 13, 1992 - submitted by Don Worthen]

Franklin Hardin, Joseph D. Scott and Morris Draper
From the Brush Creek letter dated Sep. 20, 1869: "Three men have died since Friday last - Joseph D. Scott, Franklin Hardin and Morris Draper. The two former died of consumption. Draper died rather suddenly. He was a soldier during four years of the rebellion, and belonged to Co. F, of the 11th Missouri Regiment. In death a beloved wife mourns the loss of an affectionate husband, a beautiful boy mourns the loss of a kind and indulgent father." [Wayne County Press, September 30, 1869]

Clifton Elmo Harding
DIED - At the residence of Dr. B. F. Cunningham, Flora, Clay County, Ills., Clifton Elmo, infant son of A. C. and M. E. Harding, formerly of Belle Rive (sic), Jefferson County, Ills. [Wayne County Press, April 16, 1874]

Ruby M. Hargrave
Ruby Marguerite, youngest daughter of John L. and Wilda Cates was born in Indian Prairie Township, September 8, 1910.  She grew to womanhood and has spent her life in thee vicinity of her birth. Early in life she was converted and united with the Rock Branch General Baptist Church and remained a faithful member during her life. She was united in marriage with Perry Hargrave, December 25, 1930.   One son was born to this union. Following a long period of illness she entered peacefully into rest at her home near Johnsonville,  Friday evening, March 16,  1945, age 34 years, 7 months and 8 days.  She is survived by her son, Dean, her mother, two brothers, Estrage of Latham and Elmo of Flora; one sister, Florine Leathers of Cisne; many other relatives and a large circle of friends and acquaintances who will mourn her passing. Funeral services were conducted from thee Rock Branch Church, Sunday afternoon by Elder W. D.Crippin.  Interment was in the Cisne cemetery.
[Wayne County Press, March 1945 - Submitted by Peg Jones]

Harper (child)
DROWNED-- A little boy, seven years old, son of Rev. L. A. Harper, living near Mt. Vernon, Ills., was drowned last week in an old well in a field near the house.  Mr. Harper was formerly a resident of Wayne County and has relatives living near Grayville. - Independent. [Wayne County Press, August 10, 1871]

G.B. Harpole and Casey Gregory
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]

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Thelma V. Harris
b. 11 Aug 1910 in Bedford twp, Wayne Co, IL
d. 20 July 1988 in Fairfield, IL
services conducted from: Johnson Chapel on Friday, 22 July 1988 at 2 p.m.
minister: Bro. Carroll Kakac
concluding services: Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Geff, IL
services conducted by: Johnson Funeral Home
[Donated by Marlene Olson]

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Miss Carrie B. Harrison
b. 27 Nov 1884 in Edwards Co, IL
d.26 July 1945 in Fairfield, IL
Services at Nales Funeral Home on Sun, 29 July 1945 officiating: Rev. U.G. Salter
Services: Maple Hill Cemetery.
[Donated by Marlene Olson]

Hannah A. Harshbarger
Hannah Anne Harshbarger, the daughter of Emily and William Harshbarger died Dec. 29, 1928, at the age of 79 years, 11 months and 13 days She was united in marriage to Harrison Smith on July 7th, 1870. He preceded her in death, March 5th, 1923. To this union was born eight children: Oliver, waiter, Rube, Tamer and Annie of Wayne City, Ill.; Earlie and Nellie of Melvin, Ill; Esty of Mendota; two stepsons, Charlie and Calvin of Wayne City, Twenty-nine grandchildren; thirty great-grandchildren. She was converted in youth and was a charter member of Long Prairie church. Later moved membership to Olive Branch, where she lived a consistent Christian to the last. She was a kind and loving mother and companion and was always will to lend a helping hand to friends and neighbors. Surviving also are Bro. Rev. Ambrose Harshbarger of Bluford; one sister. Dean Bailey of Chiona Mo?.

Sleep on, dear mother;
Your voyage of life is o'er;
we hope to meet you some day;
where parting will be no more.

Funeral Services were conducted Sunday by Eld. Geo. W. Hall at Olive Branch Church in the presence of a large and sorrowing congregation, after which the body was laid to rest in the cemetery nearby.
(added note; the date of her death, Dec. 29, 1928, was not carved on her tombstone until the summer of 1991, when Dorman Wright had it done. Also, her father's tombstone in Mt. Zion Cemetery was carved with the date of his death, May 31, 1894, at the same time)

Frankie L. Haught
Frankie Laverne, second son of Chas. and Eva Haught was born on the old homestead in Indian Prairie township, November 30, 1897. He grew to manhood in the community of his birth where he was held in high esteem by all who knew him. He was always a good boy, industrious and loyal to his parents. While he never identified himself with any church, he often expressed his confidence in the Supreme Creator. He had been in poor health for about three years and all efforts to restore his health were of no avail. Death came to relieve his weary body at the home of his parents, near Cisne, Wednesday night, January 4, 1933, at ten-forty o’clock, aged 35 years, one month and five days. He is survived by his parents and one brother, Willie Haught of Fairfield besides a host of other relatives and many dear friends who will mourn his passing. Funeral services were conducted from the Cisne Christian church, Friday morning at ten-thirty o’clock by Elder W.D. Crippin. Interment was in the Cisne cemetery.
[January 1933, Submitted by Peg Jones]

Nancy Hawkins
On Thursday last Miss Nancy Hawkins, died at her residence in this place, aged 23 years. [Wayne County Press, December 16, 1869]

Clarence E. Hay
We regret to learn of the death of Clarence E., son of D. G. Hay-at Liberty, White County, on the 5th inst…..being at the time of his death, twenty one years and six months old. [Excerpted from Wayne County Press, April 30, 1869]

Asa Haynes
Died at his residence three miles east of Fairfield, on Wednesday, Feb. 1st, Asa Haynes, in the seventy-fifth year of his age.  Mr. Haynes was born in Barren County, Ky., Sept. 28th, 1796, and emigrated (sic) to this state in 1818.  He settled in Wayne County in 1826. [Wayne County Press, March 9, 1871]

Benjamin H. Hearn
We deeply regret to record the death of one of our most estimable citizens. On Wednesday, September 1st, Benjamin H. Hearn died at his father's residence, four miles north of town, at the age of thirty years, four months and ten days… In 1861 Mr. Hearn enlisted as a private in Company D, 40th Illinois Volunteers. In 1862 he was promoted to Orderly Sargeant, in which position he served until 1864 when he was promoted to Captain……He was in the service of his county four years……. [Excerpted from Wayne County Press, September 9, 1869]

Lee D. Henderson
Aged Sims Resident Passed Away At Orchardville Thursday, August 16th
Leander David (Lee) Henderson, retired farmer and Sims resident, died Thursday, August 16th, at Orchardville, after a period of failing health. Funeral services were conducted from the Bailey General Baptist church Saturday, August 18th, with Rev. Lloyd Trotter and Rev. Ora McRill officiating.  Interment was in Bailey cemetery. Mr. Henderson had spent some time recently in the Fairfield Memorial hospital and while there was converted to Christ.
Born in 1864 Leander David, son of William and Elizabeth Ferguson Henderson, was born in Crawford County, Illinois, May 2nd, 1864. He was married to Julia H__ and three children were born to this union.  His wife and two daughters, Gertie and Blanche, preceded him in death. Later he was married to Mary Risley Tibbs and four children were born to this union.  His wife and the daughter, Viola, preceded him in death. Wife Died In July He was then married to Mary Barnard who preceded him in death only July 21st, one month ago.  Charlie Tibbs and seven sisters also preceded him in death. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Vess Barnard, of Wayne City; three sons, George and Willie, of Akron, Ohio; and Edgar, of Sims; also one step-son Cloyd, of Hinsboro; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren; and one brother, George , of Geff.
Card of Thanks
We wish to thank our neighbors and friends for their expressions of sympathy and ____ and also for the be______ offerings.

The Lee Henderson Family
CLYDE " MONK" KEEN, husband of Dorothy (Shaw)Keen
[Wayne County Press, Aug 30, 1956 - Submitted by Marilynn Howard] 

Viola S. Henderson
Mrs. Lee Henderson, 76, died at her home in Sims Thursday (July 8, 1948). She had been in ill health for several months but her death was unexpected. Funeral services were conducted from the Round Prairie church on Saturday morning by Rev. Glen Thomason. Burial was in Hale cemetery. Mrs. Henderson was born on April 7th, 1872.
Viola S., daughter of W.N. and M.J. Geyer, was born April 7, 1872 near Johnsonville where she spent the major part of her life. For many years prior to her first marriage, which was at age 44, she cared for her widowed mother. She was united in marriage to Minatree Malone October 21, 1923 who preceded her in death February 9th, 1940. Immediately following his death she moved to Cisne where she made her home until she was again united in marriage to L.D. Henderson August 10, 1943. They then moved to his farm near Sims where they lived until last year when they moved to a home which they purchased in Sims. They were living there at the time of her death. In early life she was converted and united with the Wesley Chapel Methodist church and lived a devoted Christian life, always an active worker in her Sunday School and church. She leaves her devoted companion; five step-children, whom she loved as her own; one sister, Mrs. Anna Taylor of Johnsonville, and three nephews, Charles Powless of Xenia, Roy Powless of Jacksonville, and Herbert Taylor of Bloomington, and one niece, Mrs. Mintie Carrell of Johnsonville. One sister and three brothers preceded her in death, William H. Geyer who died in infancy, George F. Geyer who died in young manhood, Charles E. Geyer and Mrs. Almeda Powless.
[Submitted by Marilynn Howard] 

Richard Henning
Last week we stated the fact that Richard Henning, a citizen who lived a short distance east of our villiage (sic), was shot while quietly attending to the duties of his farm.  He has since died of the effects of his wound. [War Democrat, July 23, 1864]

Lieuna Henson
Lieuna Henson, 87, of Wayne City, died at 6 a.m. Sunday, Aug 22, 1993, at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. He was a retired farmer. Rites Tuesday Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday from the Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City, with  Rev. George Musgrave officiating. Interment will be in Bailey Cemetery. Visitation will be after 6 o'clock Monday evening (tonight) at the Richardson Chapel. Mr. Henson was born in Wayne County June 19, 1906, the son of Lorin and Rhoda Ray Henson. On Dec. 29, 1930, he was married to Clara Barnard. He was a member of the Arrington Prairie Church. The Survivors Surviving are his wife; his stepmother, Dorothy Henson Reed,;  a stepson, Ivan Butcher; two daughters, Mrs.  John (Betty) Knauss and Mrs. Dale (Nola) Loker; 13 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren. 21 great-grandchildren' one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Homer Henson and a stepsister, Bernice Hooper. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, two sisters & one brother.
[Wayne Co Press, Aug 23, 1993 - Submitted by Nola Loker]

Rhoda B. Henson
Rhoda Belle Ray, daughter of Mary Jane and Jeptha Ray was born September 1st, 1884; departed this life February 29th, 1920, age 35 years, 5 months and 29 days.
She was married to Loren Henson February 7th, 1906.  To this marriage union there were born 7 children, 3 girls and 4 boys, 2 children have preceded her to the city beyond. A loving husband, 5 children and 3 sisters and 1 brother mourn their loss.  Rhoda professed faith in Jesus Christ some years ago and united with the Missionary Baptist church and still professed a hope in Christ unto the end. Funeral services were held at the residence and conducted by Rev. J. R. Dixon of Sims. Interment at the Pin Oak cemetery.
[Wayne Co. Press, March 18, 1920 - Donated by Bob Jones rjones1mtz@insightbb.com]

Owen Herbert
Owen D. Herbert, 88, 2809 Cherry Street, died at 10:35 a.m. Monday at his home. Mr. Herbert was born in Dahlgren on August 5, 1896, the son of George W. and Emma (Grace) Herbert. On July 8, 1919 in Fairfield he married Rose L. Close who preceded him in death Nov. 29, 1983. He was a railway postal clerk for 30 years. He was a World War I veteran where he was a second lieutenant in the horse-drawn artillery. He was a member of the King City Barracks No. 162 of World War I Veterans and a member of the American Legion Post 141. He was a member of the Central Church of Christ where he served as an elder for several years. He was also past Master of the Mt. Vernon Masonic Lodge No. 31 AF&AM and past worthy patron of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 233. He is survived by two sons John Robert "Bob" Herbert and Owen D "Bud" Herbert Jr. both of Mt. Vernon; three grandchildren, Nancy Herbert, Debbie Ann York and Del Herbert; seven great grandchildren; one great great grandson; one sister, Una L. Williamson of West Harison, Indiana; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parent, two brothers, Dr. George Herbert and Exra Herbert, and one sister, Geneva Kuenz. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Hughey Funeral Home with J. Howard Kraps officiating. Burial will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery.
[Unknown newspaper/date - donated by Sharon Pilkington]

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Edna Hetrick
b. 22 Aug 1917 in Barnhill, IL
d. 27 Aug 1989 in Barnhill, IL
services conducted from: Johnson Chapel on Tuesday, 29 Aug 1989 at 2 p.m.
minister: Rev Jim Connor
concluding services: Koontz Cemetery
Services Conducted by: Johnson Funeral Home
[Donated by Marlene Olson]

A son of Rev. J.H. Hill, aged about 24 years, was killed by a train near Mattoon a few days since. [Wayne County Press, May 20, 1875]

Emily Hill
Mr. Wm. T. Hill and wife lost their little girl, aged about seventeen months, with spinal meningetis.[sic] Little Emily was an interesting child . . .  [Wayne County Press, April 8, 1875]

Fletcher Hill
Fletcher Hill an old resident of our county died on Saturday last. [Wayne County Press, July 1, 1875]

Ada Simpson Hilliard
Mrs. Ada Hilliard, 69, well known Geff Resident, wife of Charley Hilliard died Tuesday night Nov 6,  1951. 
Mrs. Hilliard suffered a heart attack at her home and was pronounced dead upon entering Memorial Hospital a short time later.  She had been in failing health for several months but her condition was thought to be improving.  Funeral services were conducted from the Geff Christian Church on Friday afternoon by Elder Oran Kirsh.  Burial was in Maple Hill cemetery in Fairfield.  She was preceded in death by her only child, Johnnie, several years ago.  Surviving is her husband, a granddaughter and one sister, Mrs. Mary Heckler-Shepard, of Brownstown, Indiana.
[Nov 6, 1951 -- Donated by Marylea Gazette]

Clarence Harl Hilliard
 Clarence Harl Hilliard, 53, a Berry township oil field worker died at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Mt. Vernon Tuesday night from a liver ailment.  He had been hospitalized since February 2nd.  Mr. Hilliard was a brother-in-law of Ray Gregg and Mrs. George Harper here. 
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday from the Oak Valley Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. Byford Campbell officiating, assisted by Bro. Clifford Hicks.  interment will be in Oak Valley cemetery.  DeSelms Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Mr. Hilliard had resided in Berry township the past 30 years.  He was born in Wayne County August 17, 1912, the son of Clarence and Viola Simpson Hilliard.  He was married to the former Mary Gregg.  Mr. Hilliard was a member of the Oak Valley Church and teacher of a men's Sunday  School class there.
 Surviving are his widow, Mary; one daughter, Betty June, at home; and his mother, Mrs. Viola Hilliard of Geff.  He was preceded in death by a son Billy, in 1952.  His father died in 1959.  
[Wayne County Press - Submitted by Marylea Gazette]

Clarence W. Hilliard
Clarence W. Hilliard, 73, a former Berry township supervisor and retired farmer, died suddenly of a heart attack at his home in Geff about two o'clock Saturday afternoon (OCT 3, 1959).   
Mr. Hilliard, a brother of Mrs. Clarence Robison here, had had a heart condition for a number of years but he was feeling very well Saturday and was raking leaves in his yard when he was stricken.  He got to a chair in the yard and sat down, passing away a few minutes later.
 He served as Berry township supervisor for 12 years about 15 years ago.  He lived his entire life in an area five miles west of Geff, moving to Geff about a year ago.  Funeral services will be held from the Oak Valley Church west of Geff at two o'clock Tuesday afternoon with Bro. Dewey Merritt officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  The body will be at the DeSelms Funeral Home until the funeral hour.
 He was born in Wayne county June 5, 1886, the son of John and Marinda McClintock Hilliard.  Mr. Hilliard was married to the former Viola Simpson, with one son born to this union.  Surviving are his wife, Viola; one son, Harl, west of Geff; three brothers, Jim, west of Geff, Oliver, of Sims, and John, of Akron, Ohio; and a sister, Mrs. Clarence Robison of Fairfield.
[Wayne County Press, Submitted by Marylea Gazette]

Viola Simpson Hilliard 
Mrs. Clarence Hilliard, 83 of Geff, died at 8:30 Sunday Morning, June 28, 1907, at the Clay County Hospital in Flora.  Mrs. Hilliard had been hospitalized since Apr 9 when she fell and broke her leg. 
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Oak Valley Church, with Rev. Byford Campbell officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  The body is at Long’s Funeral Home in Cisne.  She was born in Wayne County, Dec 28, 1886, the daughter of John and Emma Ellzey Simpson.  She was married to Clarence Hilliard Dec 31, 1911, with one son, Harl Hilliard, born to this union.
 Her husband preceded her in death Oct 3, 1959; the son, Harl in April 1966; and a grandson, Billy Ray Hilliard, Sept 14, 1952.  She was a member of the Oak Valley church. Surviving are a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Mary Hilliard of Rt 2, Fairfield; one granddaughter, Betty June Hilliard, at home; one brother Olaf Simpson of Kinmundy; one sister, Mrs. Mary Shepard of Fairfield; and a number of nieces and nephews.
[Donated by Marylea Gazette] 

James B. Hinde, Jr
DIED.  In Carmi, Ills., on the 26th of September, 1867], at 3 o'clock A.M., after a short illness, James B. Hinde, Jr., youngest son of James B. and Edith A. Hinde, aged 5 years, 5 months and 24 days. [WAYNE COUNTY PRESS, October 10, 1867]

Mary J. Hipsher
Mrs. Mary Jane Hipsher, 84 a native of Cisne, died August 3, 1955 at Springfield.  She was the former Mary Jane Barrow.  Mrs. Hipsher was an aunt of Mrs. Mary Shepard here.
Funeral services were held at Lincoln, with Rev. T H Sanders officiating.  Interment was in Roselawn Cemetery, Springfield.  Mrs. Hipsher was born at Cisne March 31, 1871, the daughter of Joseph E. and Mary E LeCroy Barrow.  On June 19, 1887, she was married to James Z. Simpson of Geff and moved to Lincoln.  Nine children were born to their union.  Mr. Simpson died March 29, 1929.  Later she wed William E Hipsher, who preceded her in death January 1, 1943.  Five children preceded her in death:  Myrtle Jones, Georgia Simpson, Pearl Martin, Joseph M Simpson and Alberta Simpson. Surviving are her children, Maude C Malpe, Jean Vassell and Thelma Roberts, all of St Louis, MO; and James O Simpson of Chanute, Kansas; two grandsons; and four great granddaughters.  Mrs. Hipsher was a member of the Lincoln Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
[Donated by Marylea Gazette]

Holly Hodges
Holly Hodges, another of our oldest and most respected citizens of Wayne County, was taken from our midst by death on Thursday morning last May 4th.  The deceased was in his 73d year, having emigrated to this county from Tennessee forty-one years ago…….  (excerpted from a longer obituary) [Wayne County Press, May 18, 1871]

Isaac Holler
Died.-In the town of Brush Creek on Sunday, April 10th, 1870, Isaac Holler, an old and highly respected citizen. He has been a member of the General Baptist Church for many years and died in full faith of a blessed immortality. He leaves a wife with a number of children and many friends to mourn his loss. [Wayne County Press, April 14, 1870]

Elmer Holloway
Died, Sept. 9th, 1875, at the residence of his parents near Jeffersonville, Elmer Holloway, aged 23 years and 7 months . .  Being the only son of aged parents-the only brother of fond sisters……… [Wayne County Press, September 23, 1875]

Mary O. Holloway
Deceased, after a protracted illness, Oct. 19th, 1875, Mary O. Holloway.  She was born near Salem, Columbiana County, Ohio, Oct. 13th, 1849, aged 26 years, and 6 days, daughter of Joseph and Mrs. Holloway………Her brother, Elmer, died about one month and a half before her . . . [Wayne County Press, October 28, 1875]

Baltimore Holstein
Baltimore Holstein died at the county farm Tuesday morning last. His disease was rupture, and he was also quite old ... [Wayne County Press, April 29, 1875]

Johnny Hooper
Died of congestion at the residence of his father, 7 miles south east of Fairfield, in the 17th year of his age, on August 19th, 1875, Johnny, son of Rev. Wiley and Martha Hooper.  Johnny's mother was called from earth to glory when he was quite a babe, but was blessed with a devoted step-mother . . . [Wayne County Press, September 16, 1875]

William Howard
Wm. Howard, an old man, aged about 65 years, came to his death on Wednesday last from the falling of a limb of a tree, which killed him almost instantly. [Wayne County Press, April 9, 1869]

Princes Frances Hopper
A well known Fairfield woman, Princes Frances Hopper, 80, formerly of Wayne City, died Saturday, Jan 22, 2005 at 11:15 p.m. in St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital, Mt. Vernon. Mrs. Hopper had been in declining health. She had heart problems. She was a homemaker who was proud of her Indian ancestry. She was the author of many letters to the editor of the Wayne County Press over the years, always ending them, “I have spoken.”
Services will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Richardson Funeral Home in Wayne City with Rev. Bud Seifried officiating. Burial will be in Olive Branch Cemetery. Visitation is after 6 p.m. Monday (tonight) at Richardson Funeral Home. She w?as born June 22, 1924 in Belle Rive to Elder Willie and Mable NEEL Gammon. She was a member of the C.M.A. Association of Nashville, Tenn., Republican Presidential Task Force, and Inspector Illinois Service Bureau. She was of Baptist faith.
Survivors include two sons, Merrill McCormick, North Carolina, Darrin Hopper, Fairfield; daughters, Annett Caudle, Millstadt, Loretta Sullinger, LaVerkin, Utah, Jurene (Albert) DeGrande, Crosswell, Mich., and Carlene (Dee) Fry, Fairfield; one daughter-in-law, Judy McCormick Matthews, Fairfield; 18 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; sisters, Wanda McCormick, Wayne City, Verniece Hall, Nashville, Kathern Forth, Carlyle. Preceding her in death were her parents, three brothers and one son.
[Wayne County Press, 24 Jan 2005 - Donated by Verdaine Hooper]

Harold Hosselton
Harold Hosselton, 83, of Rt. 3, Fairfield, died at 10:40 a.m. Friday, Nov 14, 1997, at Fairfield Memorable Hospital. Mrs. Hosselton was a retired electrician. He was very active in the Geff area, serving as a Geff school board member for 20 years, serving as a past president of the Wayne County Saddle Club and as a trustee of the Lamard Township Fire Dept for 20 years. Mr. Hosselton was a charter member of the Geff Ruritan Club where he had perfect attendance for 20 years.
Funeral rites were conducted Monday morning (today) from the Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne, with burial in Bestow Cemetery at Geff. Visitation was held at Hosselton Funeral Home Sunday evening, where there was a Masonic service at 7:30. He was born at Clay City Mar. 22, 1914, the son of William Seth and Dorothy Moseley Hosselton. On Nov 2, 1931, at Cisne, he was married to Maurine Molt. Mr. Hosselton was a member of the Buckeye Christian Church near Geff and a member of the Anthony Doherty Masonic Lodge at Cisne. Preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers and one grandson.
Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Virginia Cable of Fairfield, and Mrs. David (Joyce) Barnard of Hoisington, Kansas, one son, Eugene Hosselton of Geff, one sister, Mrs. Clairbelle Davis of Morton, three brothers, Gill Hosselton of Clay City, Russell Hosselton of Olney, and Lindy Hosselton of Flora, one sister-in-law, nine grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Obit #2:

Harold Hosselton, 83, of Fairfield, died at 10.40 a.m. Friday, Nov 14, 1997, at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. Services was at 10:30 a.m. today at Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne. Burial was in Bestow Cemetery in Geff. Vistation was from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, where there was a Masonic service at 7:30 p.m. Hosselton was born March 22, 1914, in Clay City, the son of William Seth and Dorothy Mosley Hosselton. He married Maurine Mole, Nov 2, 1931 in Cisne. He was a retired electrician. He was a member of Buckeye Christian Church in Geff, Anthony Doherty Masonic Lodge #1111 in Cisne, Geff Grade School Board for 20 years, a charter member of Geff Ruitan Club, where he had perfect attendance for 20 years, past president of Wayne County Saddle Club in Fairfield and trustee of Lamard Township Fire Department for 20 years. He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Virginia Cable, of Fairfield and Joyce Barnard and her husband, David, of Hoisington, Kan.; one son, Eugene Hosselton, of Geff; one sister, Clairbelle Davis, of Marion, three brothers, Gill HOSSELTON, of Clay City, Russell Hosselton, of Olney, and Lindy Hosselton, of Flora; one sister-in-law, Martha Hosselton, of Flora, nine grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. He was proceeded in death by a grandson, Ricky, two brothers and his parents.
NOTE from contributor Tootie Dennis: William Harold Hosselton was the great grandson of Samuel Oliver and Margaret Jane Sharp Hosselton. Margaret was the daughter of Abdillah and Elizabeth Latshaw SHARP. Abdilla came to Zif Township, Wayne County, Illinois about 1864. He is shown on the 1865 State Census in Zif Township, Wayne County, Illinois. Abdillah and Elizabeth are both buried in Zif Cemetery. Two of their 7 daughters, Elnora and Margaret Jane married Hosselton brothers, Jesse and Samuel Oliver Hosselton respectively. William Harold was the oldest of 6 boys and 1 girl of William Seth and Dorothy Marie Moseley Hosselton.
[17 Nov 1997 - Donated by Tootie Dennis]

Maurine Hosselton
Services were held Thursday, (today), at Hosselton Funeral Home in Cisne for Mrs. Maurine Hosselton, 91, of Fairfield. Burial was in the Bestow Cemetery in Geff with Bro. Tom Pope officiating. Mrs. Hosselton died Tuesday, Jan 14, 2003 at 1:43 p.m. at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. She was a homemaker.
Maurine was born March 6, 1911 at Enterprise, the daughter of Frank and Carrie Truitt Molt. She married William Harold Hosselton on Nov 2, 1931. He preceded her in death Nov 14, 1997. She was a member of the Buckeye Christian Church, Geff, charter member of Geff Ruritanettes; and Geff Homemakers Extension Unit.
Survivors include two daughters, Virginia Cable, Fairfield and Joyce (David) Barnard, Hoisington, KS., one brother, Charles Molt of Cisne, nine grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Preceding her in death, in addition her husband, were a son, a grandson, two brothers and her parents. Memorials may be made to the Buckeye Christian Church or the Geff Ruritanettes Club.
[16 Jan 2003 - Donated by Tootie Dennis]
NOTE from contributor Tootie Dennis:
Maurine's paternal grandfather was Charles Molt. He was born in Germany and immigrated and was naturalized in 1850 at the age of 49. Her grandmother, Kate was born in Indiana but  both her parents were born in Germany. Her father Frank Molt was born in Illinois in 1888. (documentation: 1880, 1900  and 1920 census in hand. Naturalization papers of Charles Molt, in hand)

Eugene Hosselton 


Eugene Hosselton, 61, a well known Geff man who shoed horses for a living, died unexpectedly at 11 p.m. Monday at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. Mr. Hosselton who lived south of Geff, was not feeling well and called his daughter, Paula Black of Geff, to take him to the hospital. She did, and he died at the hospital a short time later. Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at the Geff Christian Church with burial to follow in the Bestow Cemetery at Geff. Friends may call at the Hosselton Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. Thursday (tonight).

Mr. Hosselton was born at Enterprise on Dec. 29, 1936, the son of Harold and Maurine (Molt) Hosselton. His occupation is listed as a "furrier and equine technician." To horse owners in the area, he took care of the needs of horses, most importantly, installing shoes on them. He was well-known for those skills. Mr. Hosselton was a member of the Geff Christian Church, the Wayne County Saddle Club and the Fairfield Masonic Lodge. Surviving is a special friend, Maxine Mercer of Carmi, his mother, Mrs. Maurine Hosselton of Fairfield, one son, Mark Hosselton of Altamount, one daughter, Mrs. Jeff (Paula) Black of Geff, four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father.  He was called "Gene" [19 Mar 1998 - Donated by Tootie Dennis]
NOTE from contributor Tootie Dennis:
Harold Eugene Hosselton was the only son of William Harold and Maurine Molt Hosselton. He had two sisters Virginia and Joyce. He loved horses and was a well known ferrier in Illinois.

Clarissa Houghton
Mrs. Clarissa Houghton died at her home in Xenia, Sunday, August 8th, aged 67 years, 11 months and 8 days. She leaves one son (now in regular army) to mourn her loss. [Wayne County Press, August 12, 1875] 

Harry Howard
At the residence of Wm. M. Murphy, 10th inst., of heart dropsy, Harry Howard, aged 26 years. His parents reside in Newark, New Jersey... [Wayne County Press, June 17, 1875]

James Howard
A most lamentable occourence (sic) took place in our midst on Friday evening the 9th inst.  James Howard came to his death by a stab in the left breast above the Heart, extinguishing life in a few minutes.  The arrest of Henry Shaffer and his trial before judge W. W. George on the 10th inst. for the murder of Howard, resulted in being held to bail in the penal sum of one thousand dollars for his appearance at court. [Prairie Pioneer,  November 13, 1862]

Martin L. Howe
Martin Luther, son of John W. and Mary Howe, was born near Cisne, July 11th, 1879. He grew to manhood and had spent his life on a farm in the Blue Point neighborhood, where he was well known and respected. In young manhood he confessed Christ as his Savior and united with the Cisne Christian church, where he retained his membership throughout his life. He was united in marriage with Tracy Jane Long January 6th, 1901. Six children were born to this union. An only son, Darrell Glen, died at the age of seven. Following several weeks of failing health, he passed away at his home Sunday night, March 2nd, at age 67 years, 7 months and 19 days. He is survived by his companion, five daughters, Mrs. Hazel Klein, of Kankakee; Mrs. Sylvia Spitzner, of near Rinard; Mrs. Alice Ellis, of Tuscola; Mrs. Gladys Altergott, of Maywood; and Mrs. Maxine Volker, of Berwyn; 12 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, one brother, C.C. Howe, of near Rinard; two sisters, Mrs. Ida Flanders, of Blue Pont, and Mrs. Lulu Wood, of Cisne. Funeral services were conducted from the Cisne Christian church March 5th by Elder W.D. Crippin. Interment was in the Cisne cemetery. 
[Wayne County Press, March, 1946 - Submitted by Peg Jones]

Peter Hughs
DIED.-December 29th, 1873, of Croup, Peter Hughs, aged 10 months and 24 days.  Also 15 months before, their little son Thomas went out before to that better country. [Wayne County Press, January 22, 1874]

Martha Jane Hulbert
Martha Jane Hulbert was born in Wayne County, Illinois, and died near Carbon, Iowa, Aug. 10, 1919, aged 55 years, 4 months, and 4 days. She came to Iowa with her parents when a child and lived for a while near Quincy. She was married to Dwight McMorran November 7, 1884, at Red Oak. To this union there were born seven children, four of whom are living. They are Edward, Thomas, Harry, and Grace, all of Carbon. Hattie Ann, in infancy and preceded the mother Georgie Ferris and John Thomas dying in infancy, preceded the mother years ago. Mrs. McMorran and family have always made their home in or near Carbon, with the exception of one year spent in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Her health during the past year has been very poor, but she was able to assist in the home work until five weeks ago, when a stroke of paralysis deprived her of motion on the right side of the body. She suffered intensely at times, but she displayed that patience which is characteristic of her life. Mrs. McMorran was a devoted mother, endeavoring to make her home an ideal one in which to raise her family. Industrious, she was indeed a true helper with her husband in supplying the comforts of home life. A noble life has been hers in every sense of that term. A life that has been inspired to do its best by the spirit of the Master. Of a cheerful disposition, she looked on the bright side of life. A fond mother, a good neighbor, she will be missed from the home and community. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, three sons, one daughter, and five grandchildren. One brother, John Hulbert, of Clarinda, and one sister, Mrs. Nellie Smith, of Opal, S.D., a number of other relatives and a host of friends. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. E. Johnston, at the M. E. church at 2 p.m. Though the day was a rainy one, the church was full. The body was laid to rest in Quincy cemetery. The bereaved family have the sympathy of all in this community. [Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa) 16 Aug 1919 - Tr. 9/6/12 by K.T.]

Isabelle Humphrey
Mrs. Isabelle Humphrey, 82, widow of the late Levi Humphrey, passed away Friday at the home of her daughter Mrs. T. B. Wood, in southwest Fairfield.  She had been in declining health for some time suffering with the infirmities of advanced age.
Isabelle, daughter of William and Mary Sims, was born near Covington, Wayne County, March 4, 1861 and passed away at the age of 82 years, eleven months and 21 days.  She was the youngest of eight children, all of whom preceded her in death. In 1880 she married Posey Overall, of Covington, who passed away in September 1887.  To this union four daughters were born, Lillian Wood, Fairfield; Bessie Sampson, Hammond Ind; Ada Heflin, deceased; and Pearl Baringer, Harvey. She later married Levi Humphrey in Fairfield and to this union was born one son, Leo Franklin, who died in infancy.  The second union was broken by the death of her companion February 1, 1920. Besides the three daughters, she leaves one stepson, Wm. Humphrey, Indianapolis, Ind; eighteen grandchildren, forty-one great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.
She united with the Oak Valley Baptist church early in life and remained a faithful Christian.  Fairfield always was home to her, although she spent some time at the homes of her daughters in other cities.  During the last five years, preceding her serious illness, she resided with her sister-in-law, Mrs. Eva Sims in Fairfield.
Among those from a distance attending the funeral were Mrs. and Mrs. Roy Barringer, of Harvey.

Card of Thanks

We take this opportunity to express to our many neighbors and friends our sincere appreciation for their many kindnesses during our recent bereavement. THE FAMILY
[Wayne County Press, 2 March 1944 - Donated by Lynn Snyder]
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Martin Hunsinger
FATAL CAUSALITY. On Wednesday afternoon, June 3rd, an unusually heavy wind storm visited this portion of the state, and in the vicinity of Liberty was the cause of the death of one of the oldest and best citizens of White County, Mr. Martin Hunsinger, living three miles east of Liberty, was leading his horses from the field when he was struck by a limb blown from a tree . . . Mr. Hunsinger was about 45 years of age . . .[Wayne County Press, June 10, 1875]

Sabina H. Hutchinson
"Died. In Mt. Carmel, on the 24th inst. Mrs. Sabina H., wife of J.G. Hutchinson, Esq., after a short illness."
 [The Fairfield Independent Press, August 27, 1853 - Submitted by a FOFG]


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