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Memorial Card
MRS. MINNIE WALKER
b. 2 June 1869 in Fairfield, IL
d. 23 Feb 1951 in Decatur, IL
Services from: Dixon & Crippin Chapel on Sunday, 25 Feb 1951 at 1:30 p.m.
ministers : Rev. John Baker -- Rev Roy Collins
Maple Hill Cemetery
In Charge: Dixon & Crippin Funeral Home
[Donated by Marlene Olson]


Memorial Card
WILLIAM R. WALKER
b. 28 Feb 1864 in Jasper twp, Wayne Co,IL
d.17 June 1945 in Jasper twp, Wayne Co, IL
Service: Tue, 19 June 1945 at 2:30 p.m.Dixon & Crippin Chapel
Officiating: Rev. F.J.Weir
Maple Hill Cemetery
funeral conducted by Dixon & Crippin Funeral Home
[Donated by Marlene Olson]


Elizabeth A. Wall
On Nov. 27, 1870, at the residence of W. H. Porterfield, near Mt. Erie, Mrs. Elizabeth A. Wall, aged 63 years, 9 months, 18 days. [Wayne County Press, December 22, 1870]


John Henry Walter
John Henry Walter, who departed this life, March the 10th, A.D. 1875 ... [Wayne County Press, March 25, 1875]


John Walton

John Walton

John Walton died at his residence in Bow Creek Township on July 3, 1885, of typhoid and pneumonia fever, aged 52 years 7 months and 29 days. Deceased was born Oct 31, 1833 in Wayne County, Illinois. In 1854 he was married to Margaret Downen of the same county, to whom five children were born. He moved here in 1879 where he lived till his death.
No man was more beloved by all who knew him than the deceased. he lived a devoted life having joined the M.E. Church at the age of 29 years. Having realized that the time was at hand he called all his children to his bedside and told them he was prepared to die and asked them all to meet him in heaven. Funeral service was held at his late residence, Rev. John Smith of Alcona officiating. Text Rev. 14 Chap and 13 verse. The remains were interred in the Logan Cemetery July 4, 1885, followed by a long concourse of relatives and friends.
[Submitted by Marylea Gazette]

WARMOTH (Infant)
The corpse of an infant, belonging to I. S. Warmoth, Esq. of Salem was brought to this place, last Friday, and interred in its mother's grave. [Prairie Pioneer,  February 1, 1859]


Wilmoth C. Warmoth
"Died. In this place on the 1st inst., Wilmoth Clemence, infant daughter of days I.S., and Ellen Warmoth, aged 11 months 24
[The Fairfield Independent Press, September 3, 1853 - Submitted by a FOFG]



John W. Warren

John W. Warren 78, a retired farmer, died 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 23 at his home in Wayne City. He had been in failing health for several years. Mr. Warren resided near Dickeyville Church, north of Wayne City, until last year. Funeral services were held last Thursday at the Bailey Church, with Rev. Jessie Miller officiating and burial was in Bailey Cemetery. Mr. Warren was born near Wayne City, Dec. 9, 1870, the son of William A. and Mary L. (Stevens) Warren. On Feb. 15 1893 he was married to Ella Malone, who survives. Besides his wife, he is survived by one brother Jim Warren of Mt. Vernon and three sisters, Mrs. Edith Robbins of Normal, Mrs. Nina Clark of Denver Colo., and Mrs. Eunice Malone of Texas.
[Wayne Co. Press, June 2, 1949 - Donated by Peg Jones]


Olive Warren

MRS. GEO. WARREN HAS PASSED BEYOND
Most Estimable Resident Dies of Neuralgia of the Heart At Her Home Near Cisne
Olive Pearce Warren was born on what is known as the John Billington place, April 1, 1859, and died suddenly of neuralgia of the heart, on the old Pearce homestead , one mile north of Cisne, Feb. 13, 1920. aged 60 yrs., 10 mos., and 12 days. A short funeral service was conducted at the home of the following afternoon by W.D. DeSelms, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Cisne cemetery. Ollie was the youngest daughter of the late Franklin Pearce, Sr., and Eleanor Orr Pearce. She leaves to mourn her passing, her sister, Adelia, and brother, Freemont, who lived with her in the home; two other brothers, F.H. Pearce of Cisne vicinity and Ralph Pearce, of Anna Ill., besides a number of nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Early in life, she took up the profession of teaching, which she followed very successfully for a number of years. She was married to George Warren, of near Wayne City, in 1895, her husband having preceded her in death about eleven years ago. To this union was born a little daughter, which lived but a few months, but the mother heart yearned for child love, and she took into her home a little motherless girl, Julia Martin upon whom she lavished all the love and care that she could have bestowed upon her own. And this little girl, who, since last fall, has been Mrs. Paul Groves, is mourning the loss of her foster mother as sincerely as she could for an own mother. “Ollie”, as she was lovingly known by all, was united with the Christian church in Cisne at the age of eighteen, and very quietly, very modestly, she lived the religion that counts most---”She went about doing good.” She was always kind, cheerful and true, which made her a great favorite with her relatives, neighbors, and friends who will sadly miss her. Peace to her memory!

“Then back to our separate places
A little more lonely we creep,
With a little more care on our faces,
The wrinkles a little more deep.
And we stagger--ah, how we stagger!
As we lift the load to our back,
A little more lonely to carry, For the want of a comrade we lack.
Oh, Spirit of Infinite Kindness
And gentleness passing all speech,
Forgive when we miss in our blindness,
The comforting hand Thou dost reach.
And though Thou hast darkened the portal
That leads where our vanished ones be,
We lean on our faith and Thy goodness
And leave them to silence and Thee.”

[Feb 1920 - Donated by Peg Jones]


Stephen L. Warren
Stephen L. Warren, 55, well known Fairfield man, died unexpectedly Sunday morning Dec. 30, 2007, at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. The Press was told he suffered an aneurysm. He owned/operated Warren Tax Service and the Fairfield pawn shop.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Johnson Funeral Home in Fairfield with burial in Maple Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6 - 8 p.m. at Johnson's. Mr. Warren was born in Wayne County on Jan. 31, 1952 to James and Marie Warren. He was married to Linda Warren, who survives. He was an athlete at Fairfield Community High School and later won the club championship at Fairfield Country Club.
Survivors include his wife of Fairfield; mother of Fairfield; daughters, Brooke Pulliam, Belleville, and Amanda Johnson of Norris City; sons, Stephen Warren and Brandon Warren of Fairfield; four grandchildren; a sister Brenda Warren-Massie of Fairfield and a brother, Gerald Warren of Clayton, Mo. He was preceded in death by his father.
[Wayne County Press, Dec 31, 2007 - Donated by Mike Clemmons - clemmonsfamily.com]



William Warren
"Died. On the 24th of August, 1853, at his residence, 6 miles West of Fairfield, Mr. William Warren, aged about 27 years. Leaving a wife and 3 children.........."
[The Fairfield Independent Press, August 27, 1853 - Submitted by a FOFG]


John O. Washington
John Oral Washington, age 82, died Thursday July 3, 1969 in a Miles City Hospital. He was born March 15, 1887 in Wayne County, Ill., a son of Scott and Mary Washington. On Feb, 14, 1906 he married Nina Elizabeth Taylor, the daughter of William J and Louvina Taylor. also from Wayne County. Four children were born to them, Russel, Raymond and Martha Jeanne who died at early ages and Robert O., who now lives in Powder River County. Mrs. Washington preceded him in death on Feb, 26, 1968. He came west in 1916, first filing on a homestead on Little Powder River, then going to the state of Washington where he worked for 2 years. He then moved to Great Falls, MT, where he worked for a year,. He was one of the first trained mechanics to come west. In the fall of 1919 he filed again on the homestead on Poker Jim Creek in Powder River County where his son now lives. Since 1928 he devoted all of his time to the ranch until 1966 when he and Mrs. Washington moved to Broadus, MT due to ill health. He leaves to survive him one son, Robert O. Washington Sr. of Broadus: eight grandchildren, Mrs. Paul Ackerman, John Oral Washington II, Robert O. Washington Jr. , Mrs. Jack Dobbs of Gillette, WYl, Mrs. Donald Green of Roundup, and Patricia Reeves of Holywood, Fl. Eleven great-grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Murrey Travis of Sumner, IL, and Mrs. Glen Dugan of Olney, IL. Funeral services were held Sunday at the Congregational Church in Broadus with Rev. Edward Morrison officiating, Burial was in the Valley View Cemetery.
[Newspaper: Powder River Examiner - Submitted by: Marie Miller]

Albert W. Weaver
ALBERT W. WEAVER DIES IN WESTFAIRFIELD
Father of Walter W. Weaver Buried Sunday in the Bailey Cemetery; Was Aged Eighty Years.
Albert Washington Weaver, former well-known western Wayne County resident, passed away Friday at the home of his son, Walter W. Weaver on West Main street here. Mr. Weaver had been in failing health for some time suffering with ailments incident to his advanced age. Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. o'clock, Sunday afternoon at the Bailey church, north of Wayne City, by Rev Jesse Miller. Burial was in the Bailey cemetery. Albert Washington Weaver son of John S and Mary Jane Weaver was born near Johnsonville October 5, 1859 and departed this life February 2, 1940, at the age of eighty years three months and twenty eight days at the home of his son, Walter with whom he had been making his home for the past six months. He was a member of a family of five children, two boys and three girls, Martha A. Talbert, Mary L. Shehorn, (couldn't read this line) James W, who preceded him in death, Aug 31, 1939. He was united in marriage December 21, 1882, to Mary Esta Hoard, she having preceded him in death July 6, 1903. By this marriage he was the father of six children, four sons and two daughters, Walter W., of Fairfield, Lewis O., of Johnsonville, Charles F., of Wayne City, John H., of Meade, Kansas; Mrs R. A. Lowe,of East Alton; and Mary Jane, who preceded him in death May 18, 1923. He professed faith in Christ early in life at General Baptist Class at the Weaver Schoolhouse under the ministry of the Rev. T.M. Richardson. He leaves to mourn his departure, three sisters, four sons, one daughter, sixteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
[February 1940 - Donated by Peg Jones]

Elman Weaver
Elman Weaver, 37, Ends His Own Life
Son of Charles Weaver, Berry Twp. School Teacher Had Been Despondent
Elman Weaver, 37, son of Charles Weaver, Berry township farmer and school teacher, was found dead Tuesday afternoon about two o'clock in a wooded section of the Stella Little farm northeast of the Dickeyville church. He had apparently taken his own life by hanging. The body was found by three hunters, Orville Dickey, of Sims, Bernie Weaver of Johnsonville, and Glen Weaver of Cisne. Bernie Weaver was a first cousin of the victim. Mr. Weaver had hung himself in a tree, using old fence wire. A coroner's jury Tuesday night returned a verdict of "suicide by hanging." Coroner James Colbert conducted the inquest at Combs funeral home in Wayne City. For several years, Mr. Weaver had held a responsible position at Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio, quitting that work in June and returning to his home near Sims. Later he went to Oklahoma and California to work, but came home two weeks ago. His father told the jury that he had last seen his son alive Saturday morning. He added, "Elman told us that he was going to St. Louis to see about getting work. If he didn't succeed, he was going to come back and see if he could get a school. He's been despondent the past six months and thought he had been given a bad deal in his work. He wouldn't talk, just sat and studied all the time."
The victim had wrecked his new Mercury car in a roadside ditch near Dry Fork Creek on the graveled highway three miles north of Sims sometime after leaving home Saturday and apparently walked across to the Little farm. Sunday neighbors saw the car in the ditch but did not recognize it because of its Ohio license plate. Mr. Weaver said he saw it there Monday noon but did not recognize it. In the meantime the sheriff's office here communicated with Ohio police and learned the name of the owner of the car. It was then that a search for the victim was begun. Two notes were left by the suicide victim. One said "I have done everything I can to keep from drowning myself." The other note said, "Should I spend all of eternity paying for what I did in five minutes." Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday at the Bailey church.
[Wayne County Press, Nov. 13, 1952 -- Donated by Peg Jones]


Memorial Card
REV. KIM WEAVER
b. 20 Sept 1953
d. 7 Jan 1789
place and time of service: First General Baptist Church, McLeansboro, IL
Tuesday, 10 Jan 1989 at 2 p.m.
clergy: Rev Billie Duncan -- Rev Kenny Rager
Place of Interment : I.O.O.F. Cemetery, McLeansboro, IL
arrangements by: Gholson Funeral Home -McLeansboro- Dahlgren, Illinois
[Donated by Marlene Olson]

Nancy Weedon
DIED. - July 26th, 1870, at the residence of her son, Charles K. Weedon, in Jasper, Mrs. Nancy Weedon, aged 78 years, 1 month and 14 days.  The deceased was born and raised in Louden County, Virginia.  Married and emigrated with her husband to Ohio in the year 1818; lived there until the spring of 1845, then moved to Illinois.   Buried her husband September, 1846.  The deceased was member of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ…. [Wayne County Press, August 4, 1870]


Barney E. Wells
On Friday the 13th inst., Barney E. Wells, of Jefferson County was drowned while trying to cross a slough on the North Side of Horse Creek about 15 miles north East of Mt. Vernon. . . . . . He was an old man and one of the early settlers of that county.  [Wayne County Press, February 26, 1874]


Albert M. White
Albert M. White, was born in Hamilton county, November 15th, 1850, died August 25th, 1875. . . [excerpted from Wayne County Press, Aug/Sep? 1875]


Ephraim White
Fatal accident.-On Monday last Mr. Ephraim White, of Xenia, aged about 21, met with a terrible death at the Wollen Factory…… [Excerpted from Wayne County Press, June 11, 1869]


Memorial Card
FINIS WHITE
b.28 Feb 1891 at Sims, IL
d. 16 Feb. 1961 at Fairfield, IL
Services held at: Richland Church on Sunday, 19 Feb. 1961 at 2 p.m.
officiating : Rev. Garold Hart
concluding service at: Richland Cemetery
[Donated by Marlene Olson]



Memorial Card
JESSE D. WHITE
b.26 Feb 1901in Fairfield, Wayne Co, IL
d. 3 Sept 1981 in Mt. Carmel, IL
Services held at: Nale's Funeral Home on Sunday, 6 Sept 1981 at 2 p.m.
officiating : Carroll Kakac
concluding services:Veterans Cemetery, Maple Hill Cemetery.,Fairfield, Wayne Co, IL
[Donated by Marlene Olson]

Julia White
DIED.-In Jasper, Nov. 18th, after an illness of two hours, Julia, daughter of W. D. and E. J. White, aged 2 years, 2 months and 6 days. [Wayne County Press, November 25, 1875]


Waller O. White
Departed this life, in the county jail Waller O. White, aged about 30 years, formerly of ___son, County, Ky.  The deceased as our readers are aware was arrested and lodged in jail as the murderer of Jehu Duke of this county.  Whether true or false, we have the most indubitable testimony of his previous good character from his youth, up to his departure from Ky. He died of continued fever, having few comforts and attention such as the sick so much need or that a Christian community ought to have given. [Prairie Pioneer, October 31, 1861]


Lycurgus Whitlock
Lycurgus P. Whitlock, 83 of Alhambra, Il. a native of Fairfield, died at 6:07 a. m. Tuesday in St. Joseph Hospital in Highland. Mr. Whitlock was the brother of Mrs. Mary Gregory, of Fairfield. He was a retired farmer.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at St. John's United Church of Christ in Collinsville, with Rev. Donald Sabbert to officiate. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery in Collinsville. Mr. Whitlock was born in Fairfield Apr. 1, 1898, the son of the late Joseph and Ida Mae COVINGTON Whitlock. He was married to Alberta CLOSE. Mr. Whitlock also worked as a custodian for St. John's Church in Collinsville.
Surviving are his widow, Alberta; five daughters, Mrs. Richard (Mary) Otis, of Villa Grove; Mrs. Vernie (Doris) Oliver, of Decatur; Mrs. Robert (Phyllis) Fresen, of Collinsville; Mrs. Wayne (Jessie) Castegnaro, of Highland; and Mrs. Ed (Cara) Suchman, of Columbus O.; one sister Mrs. Mary Gregory, of Fairfield; 15 grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.
[Unknown paper - donated by Sharon Pilkington]


Freddie Whitson
Died, in Cincinnati, Wayne County, Illinois, Freddie, infant son and only child of J. M. and Fannie Whitson.  Freddie was born April 17th, 1874, and departed this life July 31st, 1874, aged three months and fourteen days. . .[Excerpted from Wayne County Press, August 13, 1874]


G. U. Wier
Mr. G. U. Wier died at his home in Fairfield Wednesday morning last. [Wayne County Press, October 14, 1875]


John E. Wightman
John E. Wightman, for twenty-five years associate editor of the Wayne County Record at Fairfield, died in the hospital at Mount Vernon, Ill., last night of diabetes. He was 61 years old and unmarried.
[Chicago Daily Tribune Feb. 3, 1908 -- Transcribed & submitted by Nan Lambert Starjak]



Eliza M. Williams
Mrs. Newton Williams of Wayne City Dies
Mrs. Eliza Maude Williams, 83, a Wayne City woman, the widow of Rev. Newton A. Williams, died at 3:45 a.m. Sunday in the McLeansboro Hospital. Mrs. Williams had been a patient in a McLeansboro nursing home for about three years. She was well known in the Wayne City area.
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Wayne City with burial to be in the Olive Branch Cemetery.
Friends may call at Richardson's Funeral Home in Wayne City after 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Mrs. Williams was born in Hamilton County on Sept. 4, 1893, the daughter of August and Alice (Hall) Haile. She was married to Rev. Williams on Mar. 14, 1918. He died several years ago. Rev. Williams was a Baptist Minister. She was a housewife.
Surviving are two sons, Wilburn, of Spring Valley, Calif.: Charles, of St. Charles; two daughters, Mrs. Esther Pierce, of Auburndale, Fla.; Mrs. Eleanor McKinney, of Wayne City; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one sister Mrs. Beulah Tennyson, of McLeansboro.
[Wayne County Press, Monday, April 4, 1977 - Donated By vongoebel@hotmail.com]

Joel Williams
On Saturday evening last Joel Williams died quite suddenly at Cox's Switch.  (Wife survives….death thought due to heart trouble.)  [Wayne County Press, August 5, 1875]


Rev. Newton A. Williams
Wayne City Baptist Minister Rev. N. A. Williams, 83, Expires
The Wayne City area lost one of its long time Baptist Ministers Friday at 10:55 a.m., when Rev. N. A. Williams, 83, died at Memorial Hospital. His passing brought to an end an illness that had been extended over the past eight or nine years. He was the victim of a series or paralytic strokes.
The remains were moved to Richardson's Funeral Home at Wayne City. Final rites were held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Wayne City Baptist Church, with Rev. Oakley Miller and Rev. Joe Bob Pierce in charge. Burial was in Olive Branch Cemetery.
Mr. Williams was born in Marion county Feb 14, 1889 the son of Newton Steve Williams and Mary Jane Newman Williams. He was married to Maude Haile Mar 14,1 918. He had spent his entire life in the ministry and for many years was an official of the Mt. Erie Baptist Association.
Surviving are his widow, three sons, Virgil of Freeport, Wilbur of LeCohn, Calif.; and Wayne of St. Charles; two daughters, Esther Pierce, of Elgin; and Eleanor McKinney, of Arlington Heights; 11 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; three brothers John Williams of Odin; Charley Williams, of Johnson City; and Sam Williams, of Atlanta, GA; and one sister, Mrs. Minnie Parker, of Sandoval.
[Wayne County Press, May 29, 1972 - Donated By vongoebel@hotmail.com]



Wanda L. Williams
Wanda L. Williams, 76, Fairfield, died at 2:35 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007 at Way-Fair Restorium, Fairfield.
She was a homemaker.
Services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Nale's Funeral Home with Sis. Ruby McDowell officiating. Visitation is Wednesday evening from 6 -8 p.m. at Nale's. Burial will be in Koontz Cemetery. Wanda was born Apr. 28, 1931 in Wayne County to Norval and Jennie Brock Hooper. She married Tom Williams in June 1965 in Kentucky. He preceded her in death on Dec. 27, 1987.
Wanda was a member of the General Baptist faith.
Survivors included three sons, Gerald (Suzie) Hooper of Bloomingdale, Ron Williams of Hendersonville, Tenn., and Tom (JoAnn) Williams of Fairfield; five brothers, Ivan Hooper, Three Oaks, Mich., Delbert Hooper, Fairfield, Larry Hooper, John Hooper, LaPorte, Ind., Bill Hooper, Niles, Mich.; three sisters, Lola Brown, Fairfield, Zola Shott, LaPorte, Ind., and Gladys Harkrider, Buchanan, Mich.; four grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one infant son, one sister and one brother.
[Donated by Mike Clemmons - clemmonsfamily.com]

Elizabeth Wilmans
DIED. On Sunday evening, January 14th, 1866], Mrs. Elizabeth Wilmans, born Feb. 18th, 1782, aged 83 years, 10 months and 26 days. [WAYNE COUNTY PRESS, January 17, 1866]


Thomas Louis Wilmans
DIED. Wilmans, Thomas Louis, infant son of Sarah and C.I. Wilmans of this town, died last Friday afternoon. Aged three weeks and one day. [Wayne County Press, January 27, 1875]


Alfred Wilson
DIED, in Hickory Hill, Sunday, Dec. 12th, 1875, Alfred Wilson, aged 69 years, 10 months and 1 day.  Mr. Wilson was born in Kentucky, Feb. 11th, 1806.  From there he emigrated to Missouri and after remaining a short time came to Illinois in 1840, since which time he has been a resident of Wayne County . . . [Wayne County Press, December 23, 1875]


Andrew Wilson
Died. At the residence of his son, Dr. W. B. Wilson, in Flora, on Saturday, Oct. 31st Andrew Wilson, of this place, aged 79 years. [Wayne County Press, November 6, 1868]
Andrew Wilson
It becomes our sad duty to chronicle the death of one of our oldest and most highly esteemed citizens. Andrew Wilson died at the residence of his son, Dr. Wm. B. Wilson, in Flora, Ills., on Saturday Oct. 31st, 1868. Father Wilson was born in England in the autumn of the year 1789 and removed with his family to New York City in 1835. During the year 1838 he removed to Fairfield, where he resided until his death. In England Mr. Wilson was a member of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland, and after coming to Illinois he attached himself to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. (Excerpted from a much longer obit) [Wayne County Press, November 13, 1868]


Bob Wilson
BOB WILSON DIES IN TRAFFIC CRASH NEAR LINCOLN
Bob Wilson, 35, a resident of Fairfield most of his life, was killed instantly in an auto-truck crash six miles north of Lincoln shortly after 9 p.m. Monday (8/13/1951).
Mr. Wilson, a sign painter, had been working in Peoria the past four years. He was enroute to visit his wife, who is visiting her mother, Mr. Mary Houk, at Mt. Vernon. He was alone in the car when it crashed into the rear of a semi-trailer.
Mr. Wilson is survived by his widow; two daughters, Charlene, 12, and JoEllen, 4; three sisters, Mrs. Maude Smith, St. Louis, Mrs. Florence Taylor, Kalamazoo, Mich., and Mrs. Mary Ellen Bodner, Fairfield; and two brothers, Evan
and Millard Wilson, both of Detroit. Funeral services were to be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday from Nale's Funeral Home with burial in the Wayne City Cemetery.
(NOTE: Bob Wilson (Robert Fay Wilson), was my father. His parents were Edward S. "Squire" and Mary Rachel Thomason Wilson. He rests in peace in the Thomason Cemetery.)
[August 1951 - Donated by Jo Wilson Williams]



Charles E. Wilson
Charles Everett Wilson, son of Edward S. and Mary R. Wilson, was born June 30th, 1906 in Fairfield and departed this life in Olney, June 10th, 1942. He was aged thirty-five years. He was reared in Fairfield, and for the past several years was employed at the Chefford factory.
He leaves his father and mother; four brothers, J.H. Wilson, of Cincinnati, Ohio; F.E. Wilson of Detroit, Mich.; Robert Wilson, of Chester; Millard Wilson, of Detroit; three sisters, Mrs. Maude E. Smith, of St. Louis, Mo.; Mrs. Florence Taylor, of Kalamazoo, Mich.; and Mrs. Mary Ellen Bodner, of Fairfield. One brother and one sister preceded him in death. He also leaves eleven nieces and nephews.
Present for the funeral were all of Mr. Wilson's brothers and sisters.
CARD OF THANKS
To our dear friends and neighbors, and to each one of you, including the Aintree factory employees; Chefford's factory employees; those sending condolences from Chicago; Cleveland, Ohio; Detroit, Mich.; Chester, Ill.; Kalamazoo State Hospital, Mich.; Olney Hospital; and to every person or persons expressing their kindness by beautiful flowers, telegrams, letters, or in person.
Also the Nale Funeral Home, the pall bearers, the Quartette that sang those beautiful songs, and Rev. J.L. Mitchell for the grand selection of scriptural readings; also the message he so fully brought to us. For which we want to extend to you, each one individually and collectively, our sincere thanks for your sympathy shown to us in the sad going of our son and brother Charles E. Wilson. And may Heaven bless each one of you.
MR. AND MRS. EDWARD S. WILSON, father and mother, and the brothers and sisters and families.
[Donated by: Jo Wilson Williams]

Edward S. Wilson
LIFE-LONG RESIDENT OF CITY PASSES
E.S. Wilson, Well-Known Fairfield Man Died at His Home Tuesday
Edward S. Wilson, Police Magistrate, and life-long resident of Fairfield, passed away at his home here, Tuesday evening, August 29 (1944), at 7:30 o'clock. Squire Wilson, as he was familiarly known to everyone in the community, had been suffering for several days from a minor aliment, being away from his office most of the time for the past three weeks. However, he seemed pretty well recovered and was in his office the first of the week. Monday night he suffered an acute attack of stomach and intestinal trouble, which refused to respond to medical aid, and his condition grew rapidly more critical until death.
The deceased was born March 28, 1871, the son of the late R.J. and Hannah (Harl) Wilson, making him at the time of his death over 73 years of age. On October 27, 1889 he was married to Mary R. Thomason, and to this union ten children were born. The bereaved wife and seven of the children remain to mourn the loss of the devoted husband and father.
The children are Maude E. Smith, of St. Louis, Mo.; Mrs. Florence Taylor, of Kalamazoo, Mich.; Harry J., of Cincinnati, Ohio; Evan, of Detroit; Mary Ellen Bodner, of Fairfield; John M., of Detroit; and Robert F., of Fairfield. Two of the children, Flossie and Silas D., passed away several years ago, and one son, Charles Everett preceded his father in death just two years ago. Besides the immediate family, Mr. Wilson is survived by 15 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, 2 sisters and 1 brother, besides many more distant relatives and friends. Squire Wilson will be greatly missed in Fairfield.
Funeral services will be conducted from the Nales Funeral Home Friday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock with Rev. J.L. Mitchell officiating. Interment will be in Maple Hill cemetery.
[Wayne Co. Press, August 1944 - Donated by Jo Wilson Williams]

Emmaliah Carter Wilson
DIED - at the residence of her father near New Albany, Indiana on the 17th ult. of Tayphoid (sic) Fever, Emmaliah Carter, only daughter of O.O. and Caroline Wilson, aged 8 years, 8 months and 3 days. [Prairie Pioneer,  August 4, 1859]


Everett Wilson
From 'Round the Town with Chick Graves:
HE LEFT WITH A SMILE
This town lost one of the finest fellows you could ever hope to know last week when Everett "Crook" Wilson succumbed to a severe but brief siege of double pneumonia, at the comparatively early age of 35. His loss has been felt greatly by every one of his many friends.
Crook was the kind of a guy who made friends easily and kept them. His was a fine disposition. As foreman at the Chefford plant, he put all his energy into his work and, when enjoying himself, he was generally the life of any party.
Such was Crook Wilson, who, we believe, never saw a stranger, and always had a cheery atmosphere. His attitude toward life was right, for, when he left this world, he had a smile on his face. The manner in which he departed drew comment from his great circle of friends. The men and women who worked with him in the local manufacturing plant remembered Crook with an abundance of flowers and a bronze plaque to be engraved and placed in the factory in his honor. So popular was
this man in Fairfield that the funeral held for him was one of the largest ever seen here. He may be gone but it will be long before his is forgotten.
[Wayne County Press, June 1942 -- Donated by: Jo Wilson Williams]



George Wilson
George Wilson, Retired Supervisor, Dies at 95
A former longtime Hickory Hill township supervisor, George Wilson, 95, of Wayne City, died at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct 24, 1985, at the home of his Longtime Supervisor Mr. Wilson was township supervisor for 20 years and a former Board of Review member for one term. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Richardson Funeral Home, Wayne City, with Rev. H.H. Mayberry officiating. Burial was in Bailey Cemetery. A native of Jefferson county, Mr. Wilson was born Feb. 7, 1890, the son of Calvin and Louisa Abbott Wilson. He married the former Hattie Barnard at Charleston, Oct. 6, 1915. Mrs. Wilson died Jan. 5, 1985. The Wilson family moved to the Wayne City area soon after their marriage. Surviving are his daughter, Mrs. Harlan (Vernetta) Greenwalt, of Wayne City; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren, daughter, Mrs. Harlan Greenwalt, of Wayne City. A retired farmer, Mr. Wilson resided with his daughter since 1955. He was in failing health. Death was due to the infirmities of age.
[Wayne Co, Press, October 28, 1985 - Donated by Nola Loker]

George Wilson
DIED. - Sept. 17th, of measles, at the residence of his parents, 7 miles East of Fairfield, near Beach Bluff, in the 2d year of his age, George, son of George L. and Louisa Wilson . . . George left kind parents, brothers and sisters . . . [Wayne County Press, September 23, 1875]



Harry Wilson
HARRY WILSON FATALLY INJURED IN CAR WRECK
Son of Late Squire Ed. S. Wilson Was Enroute to Fairfield from Cincinnati, Ohio Harry Wilson, 48, of Cincinnati, Ohio, former Fairfield boy, was fatally injured in an automobile accident near Versailles, Ind., Tuesday, July 24th (1945), while enroute to Fairfield for a visit with his mother, Mrs. E.S. Wilson. His son, William, 25, was seriously injured.
According to information reaching the family here, Mr. Wilson and his son were driving to Fairfield, when at a point near Versailles, a car driven by an army colonel pulled across the highway crashing head-on with the Wilson machine. According to the report, both cars were traveling at fast speed. The colonel, it is reported, fell asleep while at the wheel.
Mr. Wilson removed himself from the wreckage, helped load his son, William, into a car and accompanied him to a hospital at Versailles. There it was found that the boy's father was also seriously injured, a broken rib having punctured one of his lungs. He died the next day. The son, recently discharged from the navy, a veteran of five battles in the Pacific, and the army colonel are both reported to be recovering.
Mr. Wilson's body was removed to Cincinnati where funeral and burial were held Saturday.
A son of the late Squire E.S. Wilson, here, Mr. Wilson had made his home in Cincinnati for many years where he has been successful as a consulting engineer and independent oil operator. It is understood that he may leave an estate of a half million dollars or more.
He is survived by his widow, three children, William E., Shirley E., and James D.; his mother and three sisters, Florence, of Kalamazoo, Mich., Mrs. Maud Smith, of St. Louis; Mrs. Mary Ellen Bodner, of Fairfield; and three brothers, Millard and Evan Wilson, of Detroit, Mich.; and Robert Wilson, of Fairfield.
[July 1945 Donated by: Jo Wilson Williams]


Hattie L. Wilson
Mrs. Hattie Wilson, 92, Wayne City, Succumbs
Mrs. Hattie Lucinda Wilson, 92, of Rt. 2, Wayne City, died at 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan 5, 1985, at the home of her daughter in Hickory Hill township. Mrs. Wilson was the wife of George Wilson, a retired farmer. She and her husband made their home with their daughter, Mrs. Harlan Greenwalt, for the past 10 years. Services Tuesday Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Richardson Funeral Home, Wayne City, with Bro. H.H. Mayberry and Bro. Floyd Dulaney officiating. Interment will follow in Bailey Cemetery, north of Wayne City. Visitation for Mrs. Wilson will be conducted after 6 p.m. Monday (tonight). Mrs. Wilson was born in Hickory Hill township, Wayne county, Sept. 16, 1892, the daughter of Sylvester and Catherine (Spicer) Barnard. She worked in Barnard General Store located in the Crisp area, until her marriage. She was wed to George Wilson at Charleston, Oct. 6, 1915. Mrs. Wilson was a housewife and homemaker during her marriage. She was a member of New Zion Baptist church near Wayne City. Survivors include her husband, George Wilson, of Wayne City; a daughter, Mrs Harlan (Vernetta) Greenwalt, of Wayne City; one brother, Orda Barnard, of Elon College , N.C.; and three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
[Wayne Co Press, Jan 7, 1985 - Donated by Nola Loker]

John Henry Wilson
Died, of measles, at the residence of his parents, 7 miles east of Fairfield, near Beach Bluff, in the fifth year of his age, on Sept. 14th, 1875, John Henry, son of George L. and Louisa Wilson . . . [Wayne County Press, October 21, 1875]


Mary R. Wilson
MARY R. WILSON DIES SUNDAY AT ELM ST. HOME
Widow of Late Justice Edward S. Wilson Was Well Known Resident; Funeral On Wednesday
Mrs. Mary R. Wilson, 75, widow of the late Edward S. Wilson, prominent Fairfield Justice of the Peace, succumbed at her home, 112 Elm Street, Sunday (May 30, 1948), night at 11:55 o'clock following a lingering illness.
She had been gravely ill for about ten days prior to her death and her children were called to the bedside on Saturday, May 22. Mrs. Wilson, who was born November 6, 1872, at Wayne City, had resided at 112 Elm Street for approximately fifty years. She was a very well known and respected resident of Fairfield and there were many who offered assistance
during the time of her critical illness. She was the daughter of George W. and Martha C. Thomason, who were pioneer residents of western Wayne county.
She was united in marriage with Edward S. Wilson at Barnhill on October 27, 1889 and to this union ten children were born. They observed their Golden Wedding anniversary in 1939. They lived happily together until his death Aug 29, 1944. They had spent practically all their married life here. She was a member of the Missionary Baptist church at Barnhill.
Preceding her in death, besides her companion, were four children: Flossie, Silas D., Charles Everett and J.H. Wilson.
Surviving are six children: Mrs. Maude Smith of St. Louis, Mo., Mrs. Florence Taylor of Kalamazoo, Mich., Mrs. Mary Ellen Bodner of Fairfield, F.E. Wilson and John M. Wilson of Detroit, Mich., and Robert F. Wilson of Peoria; 14 grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock from
Nale's Chapel, with the Rev. J.L. Mitchell officiating. Special music was furnished by a male quartet. Interment was in the Maple Hill cemetery.
[June 1948 - Donated by: Jo Wilson Williams - themouse2@mchsi.com]


Newton Wilson
DIED., - At the residence of his father, Mr. Newton Wilson in Wayne County, Ill., on the 5th of July 1866 - after long suffering and painful illness - John W. Wilson aged 25 years and 3 months. Mr. Wilson enlisted in Co., H, of the 56th on its first organization. [WAYNE COUNTY PRESS, August 16, 1866]


Silas Wilson
SILAS B. WILSON DIES IN FALL FROM HOSPITAL WINDOW
Former Fairfield Boy Was a Patient in Madison County Sanitarium Silas B. Wilson, 34 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed S. Wilson, leaped or fell from a second story window at the Madison County Tuberculosis Sanitarium, at Edwardsville, Friday morning, and died a short time thereafter.
Mr. Wilson had been in hospitals, both at Alton or Edwardsville, for the past 15 months, a sufferer from tuberculosis. While a coroners' inquest leaned toward suicide as the cause of death, Mr. Wilson's family does not join in that theory. They believe he may have fallen from the window, or else, in a moment of temporary aberration, jumped to the ground.
The deceased was employed in Fairfield by R.E. Eubanks, tailor, for several years, and afterward obtained a position in the Alton State Hospital.
No other person saw Mr. Wilson fall Friday morning. Attendants found him lying on the ground at 7:30 o'clock. He was given every attention but died at 9:30 that morning. The injured man recovered consciousness for a few moments and told a nurse to say farewell for him to his wife and members of his family. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the home of Mr. Wilson's parents in Fairfield. Rev. Paul Boyer made a short address and he and Mrs. Boyer sang two songs. Members of the Masonic fraternity had charge of the funeral and burial was had in Maple Hill cemetery.
Silas B., son of E.S. and Mary R. Wilson, was born in Fairfield, Ill., Oct. 4, 1899. All his boyhood and young manhood days were spent in the city of his birth. On March 11, 1922, he was united in marriage with Miss Thelma Maze. They together have worked in state institutions during the years, so never set up housekeeping to themselves, retaining their residence with his parents when not employed.
He has been a sufferer for many months. On Friday, June 29, he departed from this realm at the age of 34 years, 8 months and 20 days. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge. Left to mourn his passing are the widow and parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.S. Wilson; five brothers, James H. and Chas. E., of Cincinnati, O.; F.E. Wilson, of Detroit; Jno. M., of St. Louis, and Robert Fay Wilson at home. Three sisters, Mrs. Maud E. Smith, of St. Louis; Mrs. Florence Taylor, of Kalamazoo, Mich.; Mary Ellen Wilson, at home, also nine nephews and nieces of the immediate family and hosts
of other relatives and friends.
CARD OF THANKS
We wish to extend our heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to the splendid friends and neighbors, who so wholeheartedly and unselfishly gave of their sympathy, companionship and comfort, on the sad occasion of the death and burial of our dear husband, son and brother, Silas B. Wilson.
Mrs. Thelma Wilson -- Mr. And Mrs. Ed S. Wilson and Family
(NOTE: Silas was my father's brother. Corrections to the above: Silas' middle name was Delmar so the 'B' is incorrect, and his birthday was October 9th, not October 4th.)
[Date of Obit: June 1934 - Donated by: Jo Wilson Williams]


Theodore Bell Wilson
DIED, On the 7th inst., at the residence of his Father, near New Albany, Ind., of cholera Infantum, Theodore Bell, youngest son of O. O. & Caroline Wilson, aged 11 months & 29 days. [Prairie Pioneer,  July 19, 1860]


Hulda B. Winchester
Died at the residence of her husband, Joel Winchester, on Wednesday, June the 5th 1867], Mrs. Hulda B. Winchester, aged 52 years, 10 months and 21 days. Sister Winchester was born in North Carolina, July 14th, 1814, and moving to Tennessee in 1828, was married to Joel Winchester Feby., 2nd, 1830... Joined the M. E. Church ... During the war six of her sons volunteered in defense of the flag; four of whom sleep in soldiers graves. [excerpted from WAYNE COUNTY PRESS, June 20, 1867]


Joseph R. Winchester
Died, at the residence of L. J. Keith, in Rinard, of typhoid fever, November 12th, A.D. 1874, Joseph R. Winchester, aged 24 years, 6 months and 12 days……He leaves an aged father and brother……. (Buried at Johnsonville Cemetery.) [Wayne County Press, November 26, 1874]


Martin Winter
August 5th, at his residence in Leech, after a severe illness, Martin Winters, in the 75th year of his age. [Wayne County Press, August 12, 1875]

Martin Winter was born near Minerva, November 9th, 1800, where he received such education as the schools of the day afforded. He married Miss Matilda Heck, August 18th, 1829, who died of cholera September 30th, 1850, leaving to his care a large family, the youngest of whom (James D. Winter, now of Wayne County) was only three years of age. He was married to Mrs. Nancy J. Hinson July 4th, 1854. Removed to Edwards County, Illinois, in the year 1865, and shortly after to Leech Township, Wayne County, where he remained until the time of his death, August 5th, 1875……He lived to a good old age and had the comfort of seeing his children grown up to be influential men and women, except the youngest, Willie G. Winter, for whom he made very ample provisions in his will……..  [Excerpted from Wayne County Press, August 19, 1875]


Mary Lavern Witter
Mrs. Mary LaVern Witter, 75, of Wayne City, died at 6:10 a.m. Friday May 2, 1997, at Nature Trail Nursing Home in Mt. Vernon. She was a retired technician at Murray Center Centralia.
Graveside funeral rites were conducted Sunday afternoon in Wayne City with Rev. Chuck Smith officiating. There was no visitation. The Richardson funeral home was in charge of arrangements. She was born at Wayne City January 21, 1922, the daughter of Guy and Etta Lane Shell. She was married to Marshall Witter, who preceded her in death September 9, 1959. Also preceding her in death were her parents and an infant brother. Mrs. Witter was a member of the Wayne City Christian Church and the Wayne City Monday Evening Women's Club.
Surviving are one son, Lynn, of Wyhe Texas; two grandsons; and one brother, Nolan Shell, of Wayne City; and nieces and nephews.
[Wayne County Press, May 5, 1997 p.2. - Unknown Contributor]



Minnie T. Wolfe
DELORES AYERS WOLFE
Delores, eldest daughter of Isaac and Effie Ayers, was born near Johnsonville , Illinois, March 2, 1903. She resided with her parents and grew to womanhood on a farm near Cisne. In October 1923, during a revival meeting conducted by Elder O.V. Wilkinson, she united with the Cisne Christian church, living a faithful Christian life until her untimely death, which occurred at the Mt. Vernon hospital, Thursday morning at 10:30 o’clock, age 26 years, 9 months and 24 days. She was united in marriage with Bert Wolfe in March 1929. She was preceded in death by an infant son, December 19th. She was a beautiful young lady and endeared herself to a large circle of friends by her pleasant and congenial manner. Delores is survived by her faithful companion, a stepson, Howard Wolfe, father, Mother, four brothers, four sisters, an aged grandfather and grandmother and a host of other relatives and a great circle of friends who will mourn their loss. Funeral services were conducted from the Cisne M.E. church, Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock by Rev. J.M. Henson assisted by Rev. Lloyd Moore and Rev. Falk all of Mt. Vernon. Interment was in the Cisne cemetery. In spite of the bad weather and roads a great throng of people attended the services and many beautiful flowers bore silent tribute to the memory of a loved one called away.
Card of Thanks
We desire to extend our sincere thanks and heartfelt appreciation to all our friends and neighbors for your kindness and sympathy in our great sorrow.
BERT WOLFE
MR. AND MRS. ISAAC AYERS AND FAMILY
[About 1930 - Donated by Peg Jones]


Alfred Wood
DIED. - On Monday morning last, Alfred Wood, an old and highly esteemed citizen of our county, died at his residence two miles south of town. [Wayne County Press, December 22, 1870]


Charles Wood
Died on Saturday evening, April 2nd, at his residence in Fairfield, Charles Wood, aged 73 years. Mr. Wood was among the oldest settlers of our county, having lived for more than fifty years in our town and immediate vicinity. Mr. Wood was the first sheriff of Wayne County, and has served the people in the capacity of County Judge and Drainage Commissioner. Fifty years since he attached himself to the Baptist Church, but was formally excommunicated for communing with other denominations, and afterward joined the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, of which he remained a member until removed by death. He had outlived all the members of his family excepting a grand-daughter. [Wayne County Press, April 7, 1870]


Ella Wood
Mrs. Ella Wood, 82, widow of the late C.L. Wood, former Bedford Township resident, passed away January 20th at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elma Padgett in Logootee, Ind., where she had been making her home. She had suffered a paralytic stroke. Funeral services were held at the Cisne Christian church Wednesday afternoon of last week by Eld. W.D. Crippin. Burial was in the Cisne cemetery. Ella, daughter of Charles and Louisa Bunch, was born in Johnsonville, January 23, 1864. She grew to womanhood in the vicinity of her birth. In early life she was converted and united with the Cisne Methodist church, later transferring her membership to the Cisne Christian church, where she remained a faithful member until death. She was united in marriage with Thomas J. Billington in March, 1884. Six children were born to this union, one daughter, Lois, died in 1923. The companion also passed away in 1929. In 1930 she was united in marriage with A.G. Williams, who preceded her in death January 7, 1933. She was again united in marriage with C.L. Wood, October 3, 1940, who also preceded her in death, October 2, 1944. She is survived by two sons, Herschel of Cisne and Orville of St. Louis, Missouri; three daughters, Mrs. Edna Caulk of Burlington, Iowa, Mrs. Emma Padgett of Loogootee, Indiana, and Mrs. Faye Pittman of Cisne; one brother, Curtis of Chicago; three sisters, Mrs. Minnie Blockson, Mrs. Hattie Pride and Mrs. Myrtle Banhart, all of Flora; ten grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren.
[Unknown date, Donated by Peg Jones]


Josephine Wood
Josephine, wife of John Wood, departed this life at the residence of Elder James Windle, Jefferson Co., Ill., Oct. 12th, 1874, aged 27 years. She professed faith in Christ and joined the Methodist Church, Jan. 1871. She died as she lived, an exemplary Christian. Also at the same time the funeral of the infant son of the above named parents was attended to. [Wayne County Press, November 5, 1874]


Dr. Z. Woodworth
Died at his residence in Wayne County, Illinois, of pneumonia and hear disease, Dr. Z. Woodworth, after an illness of about twelve days. Dr. Woodworth was born near West Williamsfield, Ashtabula County, Ohio, May 21st, 1823. Removed with his parents to Athens County, Ohio, in 1838, was married to Lovina Johnson, July 26th, 1848, after which he removed to Cheshire, Gallia County, same state. Emigrated to Southern Illinois in 1860, where he has since resided. Departed this life May 21st, 1875, aged 52 years. He made a profession of religion in 1849 . . He leaves a wife and three children . . .[Wayne County Press, June 17, 1875]


Levin Woollen
Died.-March 10th, 1870, Levin Woollen, of Typhoid fever, aged sixty-six years, one month and ten days. For many years he had been a member of the Baptist Church. [Wayne County Press, March 17, 1870]


David Wright, Sr.
Also, in Fairfield, at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. Joseph G. Barkely, Mr. David Wright, Sr., in the 81st year of his age. [War Democrat, March 17, 1864]


David Wright
DIED. David Wright, a prominent citizen of Xenia … died at his residence in this place on Wednesday the 18th of March … Aged 50 years and one month. (From the Xenia Journal.) [Wayne County Press, March 26, 1868]


Elizabeth Curtis Wright
DIED., On Sunday, Oct. 14th 1866], Elizabeth Curtis Wright, aged 75 years and 21 days. [Wayne County Press, October 18, 1866]


George Wright
George Wright, a prominent citizen of Effingham, died at that place on Saturday July 15th.  He was born in this county (where he has many relatives) Aug. 31st, 1820 - being 51 years old at the time of his death. [Wayne County Press, July 27, 1871]


Stephen Wright
SUICIDE. -On Saturday last, about sunrise, Stephen Wright, living about half a mile from town, hung himself in an old shed near the house. When found, the family were so shocked that they could do nothing until one of the little boys ran over to Mr. Georges - a few hundred yards distant - and got some help. When he was taken down he was quite dead. It is supposed that he done the deed in a fit of insanity. [WAR DEMOCRAT, August 3, 1865]



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